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India’s Digital Infrastructure Promises Massive Success for Vaccination

During the pandemic phase, India realized the importance of digital infrastructure it laid out in recent years that came as a major help to reach out to people when the country went into lockdown. Financial assistance from the government reached women beneficiaries as they had Jan Dhan accounts, Common Service Centres that have remarkably extended their footprints in the last five years have become useful in sending medicines, pensions and other services through digital means, to name only some examples.

Now, as India rolls-out the COVID vaccination drive, once again, the significance of the digital infrastructure comes to the fore. Who other than Nandan Nilekani, credited for envisioning Aadhaar architecture, can explain this better?

Vaccination -In the Words of Nandan Nilekani

According to the report in Times Now, Nandan Nilekani said that India will be a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people at scale, speed and in a trusted manner.

In an event, he highlighted the technological aspects of the vaccination drive and said, “The government is issuing digital vaccination certificates with QR codes which is a good thing. India will be a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people at scale, speed and in a trusted manner.”

Further he said, “India will have a vaccine surplus in six months from now. We will be able to scale up to a few million vaccinations a day.”

The CoWIN Infrastructure

In the lights of Nandan Nilekani’s assertion, it is helpful to recall how the CoWIN technological platform that the government has come up with, and which is expected to be made public when the vaccination drive goes to masses, is actually promising speedy implementation.

CoWIN platform will facilitate real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform will assist programme managers across National, State, and District levels while conducting vaccination sessions. It will help them track beneficiary coverage, beneficiary dropouts, sessions planned v/s sessions held and vaccine utilization.

The platform enables national and state administrators to view and sort data of beneficiaries on the lines of their gender, age and co-morbidity. They can also view the metadata of vaccinations and Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) reported from constituent districts across States and UTs. District administrators can additionally create session sites at any location by entering the pin-code, followed by specifying the locality or villages and subsequently assigning a vaccinator.

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