COWIN slot booking check: COVID vaccination in India is available for everyone above 18 years of age. As you may know, the registration and appointment are online through the government’s CoWIN portal and the Aarogya Setu and Umang apps. Due to the shortage of vaccine stocks in many regions across India, there are limited slots available making it hard to book an appointment through these portals. What’s worse? The government portals don’t come with an option to notify you when the COVID vaccination slots are available. Thankfully, there are several third-party apps/ websites will keep track of the COVID vaccine slot availability online so that you don’t have to constantly check the CoWIN, Aarogya Setu, or Umang app. These COVID slot booking notifying tools send alerts to users when a COVID vaccination slot is available in a centre near them.
Update: Online registration is not mandatory for Covid-19 vaccination anymore. Any adult can go to the nearest vaccination centre, perform the on-site registration and receive the vaccine during the same visit, per the Union Health Ministry.
The Cowin slot notifier will only give you the information on the vaccine slots. Users will still have to go to the CoWIN portal or Aarogya Setu/ Umang app to book an appointment at a nearby centre.
How to check COVID vaccine slot availability online
Arguably, the best COVID vaccine slot booking availability checker tool out there for users looking to get inoculated. I myself have relied on it. Under45.in sends alerts of vaccination slots availability in centres around you straight to your Telegram inbox. The website is created by developer Berty Thomas. To use Under45.in for vaccination slots, you need to:
- Visit https://under45.in/
- Choose State and District
- Select the Telegram notification option that will appear on the screen
- A new page will open with the ‘Join Channel’ option
- Click on it
- Enter your Telegram mobile number and verify that’s you
- Users will then be redirected to a channel that will be specific to their district. Join it to see the detailed slot availability data like which centre has available slots, the number of slots available, and the availability date, among other things
If you are a Jio user, you can use the MyJio app to find vaccine slot availability at the centre near you. This can be done by
- Downloading the MyJio app on your mobile phone
- Login with your mobile number, if you haven’t
- Now, scroll down till you see the COVID-19 vaccine finder banner
- Tap on it –> Enter your Pin Code or district
- After this, you will get information about vaccine slots availability at the nearest government and private vaccination centres
- The app also lets you filter search results by date, age, cost, and vaccine — Covishield, Covaxin, or Sputnik V.
Airtel Thanks app
Much like Jio, Airtel also offers its users a COVID vaccine slot finder tool. The telco has rolled out a new update to its Airtel Thanks app that shows the availability of vaccinations slots at nearby centres. To check that,
- Fire up the Airtel Thanks app on your Android mobile phone and iPhone
- Choose ‘Vaccine Finder’ from the horizontal scroll bar you see on the home page
- Enter your state and district
- Add filters like Age 18+, vaccines (Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik), and others, if you like
- Now, tap on ‘Check availability’ to see the slot availability in your area
Digital wallet and UPI payment app Paytm has added COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Finder tool on its platform. This allows users to find available slots for COVID-19 vaccines in the centres around them. The Cowin vaccine notifier tool has been rolled out to Paytm apps for both Android and iOS devices. To use it, follow the below steps:
- Open the Paytm app on your Android phone or iPhone
- Scroll down to the Mini App Store/ Discover with Paytm section
- You should see the Vaccine Finder option. Alternatively, Android mobile phone users can tap on ‘All’ –> followed by the COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment banner
- Enter your pincode/ district and choose between 18+ and 45+ age groups
- Select on Check Availability to proceed
- All available slots details will appear on your screen
- If there are no available slots, you can click on ‘Notify me when slots are available’ option to get alerts for open slots
If you are not on Telegram, you can use GetJab.in. The Cowin slot notifier website sends alerts of COVID vaccine slots availability details to your registered email ID. The portal was created by Freshworks product manager Shyam Sunder along with three of his friends (Azhar Hussai, Akshay Nautiyal, and Anurag Kishore). Much like Under45.in, you will have to sign-up to get notification of a vaccine slot near you.
- To register, visit GetJab.in
- Enter your name, district, email, and mobile number (optional) in the respective fields
- Choose ‘Get Notified’
After this, you will receive an instant notification on their email IDs whenever a vaccination slot for 18+ is open on the CoWN website. As of now, SMS support is unavailable but the website reveals that it will be coming soon. Additionally, the website assures that your data will not be shared or sold to anyone.
Another COVID vaccine slot notifier website you can rely on. BasicFloat.com sends notifications about the availability of slots to your registered mobile number. Here’s how to use the portal:
- Head over to https://cowin.basicfloat.com/
- Select your district or Pincode
- Enter your name and mobile number
- Choose ‘Submit’ to proceed
That’s it, you will now receive alerts when a vaccination slot is available at a nearby centre.
Note: Before you sign up for any of these websites, make sure that they are safe and protect your privacy. Again, registration is only available through CoWIN portal and Aarogya Setu/ Umang app. These websites here will only tell you the availability of vaccination slots.