India opened registrations for COVID-19 vaccinations earlier this year. According to the government’s stats, over 13.26 crore citizens have been vaccinated so far, and almost 46 crores of Indians have received their first dose of vaccine till date.
Now, to help you in the simple way of vaccination slot booking process, the Indian government has made it possible to book COVID-19 vaccinations slots on WhatsApp. In this article, you will learn how to book your COVID-19 vaccination slot using WhatsApp in India.
Book COVID-19 Vaccination Slots on WhatsApp in India (2021)
1 . Now, let’s get started, but first you have to add MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot as a contact. The contact number is +91 9013151515. Alternatively, you can use this direct link to access the chatbot on WhatsApp. When you have opened the link, tap on “Continue to Chat”, and you will be redirected to WhatsApp.
Note: Before we proceed further, I would like to point out that you can’t register for the COVID-19 vaccine through WhatsApp. Instead, you will have to visit the Cowin website to register and add members. In this process, you will have to add basic details and a government-issued photo ID.
2 . Next, send “Book Slot” as a message and enter the 6 digit OTP you receive as an SMS. Now you should enter the number you used to register for the Coronavirus vaccine. If your WhatsApp number is not the same one you have used to register for COVID-19 registration, you will be asked to enter the registered number.
3 . You will now see a list of all the members you have added to your Cowin account. To book the vaccination slot for a specific member, type the number from the list. In my case, it’s ‘1’. After picking the beneficiary, tap the “Search by Pincode” button from the next message to search for a vaccination center by Pincode.
4 . You can now choose to view free vaccines, paid vaccines, or both. You can click on “Any” to view both free and paid ones. If you are trying to book the slot for your first vaccine shot, you will also see an option to pick the vaccination type.
5 . Now, you should enter the pin code of your area. The chatbot will then show you the available centers near you, along with the date and number of doses. Type the number next to the date to book your vaccination slot. For example, as shown in the image below, if you would like to book the slot on August 25, message ‘2’ to the chatbot.
6 . You will now receive the confirmation message for your Coronavirus vaccination slot in India. After confirmation, you can visit the vaccination center on the date and time when you are free to get your vaccine dose.