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Many in Andhra get SMS on vaccination without taking a jab

GS Paper 2:

Syllabus: Issues related to the management of the social sector related to health, and schemes for vulnerable sections of society.



  • Several senior citizens and adult citizens in Andhra Pradesh who have not visited any vaccine centre after the second dose were taken aback on receipt of messages that they had ‘received’ the dose as per CoWIN.
  • People received SMSs on their phone numbers used for the earlier doses that have been successfully administered with the third dose and certificates were also generated.


Vaccination process:


Current Affairs



  • CoWIN app is an extension of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) that provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country
  • It is a cloud-based IT platform and it handles minute details for India’s Covid-19 immunization programme
  • It includes:
    • registering beneficiaries, allocating vaccination centres
    • sending text messages with the name of their vaccinator to beneficiaries and live monitoring of vials in cold storage.
  • The Co-WIN platform is owned by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and was earlier the platform used for conducting Pulse Polio and other crucial immunization programmes across the country.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and IT along with the National Informatics Centre are handling the backend and the tech infrastructure for it.
  • Monitoring and tracking: This app enables monitoring the inoculation drive and tracking the listed beneficiaries for vaccination on a real-time basis.
    • Thus, it also helps to counter proxy vaccinations.
  • Aadhaar enabled: This app would enable beneficiaries to be identified efficiently through the use of the Aadhaar platform.




Current Affairs 


Booster Dose:

●      A booster is a means of strengthening one’s immune system against a particular pathogen.

●      It may be exactly the same original vaccine, in which case its goal is to increase the magnitude of protection by producing more antibodies.

●      The aim is to protect people from a new variant, a version of the virus that’s mutated significantly from the original version people were vaccinated against.

●      These shots are only for the fully vaccinated.


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Practice Questions:


Q. With reference to CoWIN, consider the following statements:

  1. The app enables beneficiaries to be identified efficiently through the use of the Aadhaar platform.
  2. The Co-WIN platform is owned by The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct:

(a)1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (b)

Source: The Hindu