About fifteen state agencies and private companies, including health giants Apollo and Max, are asking for permission to provide reservations online, Reuters reports.
Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are among companies seeking approval in India to deliver COVID-19 vaccine reservations online, the head of the government’s technology platform said, as the country tries to facilitate the reservation vaccines for its huge population.
The government relaxed the rules last month to potentially allow third-party apps to offer vaccine reservations and regained control of state purchases following delays and shortages. She also encountered initial problems with her own vaccine reservation platform.
About fifteen state agencies and private companies, including Indian health giants Apollo and Max, and online pharmacy 1mg, have asked to be allowed to offer vaccine reservations, RS Sharma told Reuters. , head of the government panel managing the CoWIN vaccination registration platform. Press Agency.
SoftBank-backed digital payment app Paytm has over 100 million monthly active users and MakeMyTrip has 12 million.
Their popularity offers more options for Indians looking to reserve their COVID-19 snapshots, 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 one individual platform,” Sharma said.
MakeMyTrip CEO Rajesh Magow said the company is keen to help people book their immunization slots. 1mg said it was awaiting government approvals. Apollo declined to comment, while Paytm, Infosys and Max did not respond to Reuters queries.
Reuters said only 3.5% of India’s 1.3 billion people are fully immune to COVID-19.
Indian health officials say the pace will need to be picked up to avoid further deadly outbreaks of the virus, like the one that swept the country earlier this year.
While much will depend on picking up scarce vaccine supplies, experts say more booking options should help.
Several software developers have already used publicly available coding for the CoWIN platform to create tools that send Telegram alerts to help people book slots.
“Right now, even if you find a niche through Alerts, you still have to go to the government website and take a lot of steps. Businesses will be able to offer a better user experience compared to CoWIN, ”said Berty Thomas, a software developer who designed Telegram alerts to notify people of time slots.
Paytm has also activated a notification feature on its app.
Sharma said vaccine supplies are expected to improve in the future and praised the CoWIN platform, saying at least three African countries – Zambia, Nigeria and Malawi – have asked use it for their own vaccination campaigns.
“We will provide the portal to them for free and they can customize it. It’s very scalable, ”said Sharma.