About 15 state agencies and private companies, including health giants Apollo and Max, are seeking approval to offer online bookings, Reuters reports.
Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are among the companies seeking approval in India to make online COVID-19 vaccine reservations, said the head of the government’s technology platform as the country tries to facilitate the reservation of shots at its huge population.
The government relaxed the rules last month to potentially allow third-party applications to offer vaccine reserves and has regained control of state recruitment after delays and shortages. He also faced initial problems with his own vaccine reservation platform.
About 15 state agencies and private companies, which also include Indian health giants Apollo and Max, and the online pharmacy 1mg, have asked to be allowed to offer vaccine reserves, RS Sharma, head of the group, told Reuters of the government that manages the CoWIN vaccine registration platform. news agency.
The digital payment application supported by SoftBank Paytm has more than 100 million monthly active users and MakeMyTrip has 12 million.
Its popularity is seen by providing more options to Indians who want to reserve their COVID-19 features, especially if they are struggling with an unknown government platform.
“It will work in favor of the country, the union of all entities is better than a single individual platform,” Sharma said.
MakeMyTrip CEO Rajesh Magow said the company wanted to help people reserve their vaccination slots. 1mg said it was waiting for government approvals. Apollo declined to comment, while Paytm, Infosys and Max did not respond to Reuters inquiries.
Reuters said only 3.5 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion population has been fully immunized against COVID-19.
Health officials in India say the pace will have to be increased to prevent further deadly rises in the virus, such as the one that devastated the country earlier this year.
While it will depend heavily on collecting scarce vaccine supplies, experts say they should help with more booking options.
Several software developers have already used publicly available coding for the CoWIN platform to create tools that send Telegram alerts to help people book spaces.
“Right now, even if you find a slot with alerts, you have to go to the government’s website and follow many steps. Companies will be able to offer a better user experience compared to CoWIN, ”said Berty Thomas, a software developer who had designed Telegram alerts to notify people about slots.
Paytm has also enabled a notification feature in your app.
Sharma said the supply of vaccines should improve in the future and praised the CoWIN platform, saying at least three African countries – Zambia, Nigeria and Malawi – had asked about how to use it for their own vaccination actions.
“We will give them the portal for free and they can be customized. This is highly scalable, ”Sharma said.