MapmyIndia has released a new feature that allows users to find nearby vaccine centres in India. It integrated data from Government of India’s official vaccination registration website, cowin.gov.in, to deliver this useful search functionality. This MapmyIndia functionality is also available through the same CoWIN website, and can be used when registering for the vaccine. Users can download the Move app or visit maps.mapmyindia.com to search for a coronavirus vaccination centre near them. This comes as the government has begun the mass COVID-19 vaccination drive for senior citizens and people aged above 45 with comorbidities in India.
The company 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 a even a house address such as S386, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi – making this useful across urban and rural India.
How to find a vaccine centre nearby
To look for a COVID-19 vaccination centre that is nearest to you, you need to follow these simple steps:
Register to gain access to all the features on the site. Once logged in, press current location in the search box or enter your address or place name or eLoc of interest. eLoc is the 6-character digital address for any place across India, a precise pin code representing the doorstep of any place.
Click on Vaccination Centres option in the left menu. The platform will offer a list of options nearby and its distance from your location. The addresses are pinned on the map with an injection logo, depicting that it is a registered vaccine centre.
Click on Get Directions to further get exact turn by turn directions and real-time navigation to that vaccine centre.
Who all can get vaccines right now
As mentioned, this feature has rolled out on the same day as the government’s commencement of vaccine registration for senior citizens. The CoWIN portal is now officially taking registrations for users aged above 60 and above 45 with comorbidities. However, some users are experiencing errors in using the portal or registering through the Aarogya Setu app. The Ministry of Health has also issued a public advisory that the registration can only happen through the two methods mentioned above, and that the CoWIN app is only meant for administrative use.
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