Health-tech startup HealthifyMe has launched a new platform called Vaccinateme.in. This platform uses CoWIN APIs to help people find available vaccination slots nearby in real-time. The platform comes with various filters that let you categorise your search — for instance, search for vaccine slots for 18+ category, search for vaccine slots for 45+ category, search for Covishield or Covaxin, and so on. The site can be accessed from both computers and mobile phones, although HealthifyMe recommends the latter.
Apart from letting you find vaccination nearby, it also provides instant WhatsApp, SMS, and email notifications for when slots open up. This initiative has been launched to fast track the mass inoculation drive in the country and encourage people to get vaccinated at the earliest. Users can access this service directly through the website Vaccinateme.in or through the HealthifyMe app.
You can not use this site to book vaccinations — that is only possible through the government CoWIN portal. This is only to help people find the latest appointment slots, so that they can more quickly apply to the CoWIN portal and book a vaccination date. So you will need to go through the official portal in order to book your appointment.
HealthifyMe says it intends to add more features and filters to further improve the user experience over the next few days.
While vaccinateme.in is a useful real-time vaccination slot locator, there are also a number of other real-time COVID-19 vaccine appointment tracker sites as well that have launched recently, to help with finding vaccines nearby. The list includes Under45.in, Getjab.in, and many more. However, while some of these include Telegram or email notifications, VaccinateMe seems to be one of the few to offer WhatsApp integration, which is useful since the vast majority of people still use WhatsApp primarily.
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