The Indian government has finally started the mass vaccination drive for COVID-19 from March 1. The citizens who are eligible for the vaccine will require to get themselves registered online via a website or an app, where they will be able to choose their own desired date and venue to get vaccinated (depends on the availability). MapmyIndia, which is an Indian digital mapping company that can be compared to American Google Maps, has partnered up with the vaccine website were a user can search and check for nearby vaccine centres at the time of registration for the vaccine.
The Indian mapping company MapmyIndia, whose HQ is in New Delhi has stated that people can search nearby vaccine centres across any city, town or village in India using MapmyIndia Maps – be it Siwan, Bihar or Panaji, Goa or even a house address such as S386, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi – making this useful across urban and rural India. This will help the users to find vaccination centres nearby to them.
How to use MapmyIndia to find nearby vaccine centres
A user needs to go to the MapmyIndia website or download the MapmyIndia Move app, where they would need to get themselves registered or logged in. After that, the user would require to search their own address on the website or the app via pressing the current location button in the search box or by manually entering his/her address in the address box. A user can also use the e-LOC facility to find the desired address.
After a user has successfully been able to get the map to detect their current location or address, he/she would have to press the Vaccination Centres option on the left-side menu upon which the platform will automatically show the user the list of near-by registered vaccination centres along with the addresses. The vaccination centres will be marked on the map with an injection logo. The users can also choose one of the vaccination facilities to their liking and press the Get Directions option to get detailed real-time navigation to that vaccine centre.
Who are eligible & how to register for the vaccines?
As per the Indian government, a person who is above 60 years and above 45 years of age (with comorbidities) will be able to get themselves registered for the vaccine on the CoWIN portal from March 1. A user can also get themselves registered for the vaccination via the Aarogya Setu mobile app under the CoWIN section. The Ministry of Health has also issued a public advisory on Twitter that a user can only get themselves registered by the above two processes only, and currently, there is no provision to get themselves registered via the CoWIN app which is currently, only meant for administrative use.