COWIN slot notifier: COVID vaccination for everyone above 18 years has begun in India. As you may know, the registration and appointment are online through the government’s CoWIN portal and the Aarogya Setu and Umang apps. If like us, you are also trying to book a COVID vaccine slot via these platforms, you would know how hard it is. Due to the shortage of vaccine stocks in many regions across India, there are limited slots available. What’s worse? The government portals don’t come with an option to notify you when the COVID vaccination slots are available. Thankfully, several third-party apps/ websites will keep track of the COVID vaccine slot availability around you so that you don’t have to check the CoWIN as well as Aarogya Setu and Umang app now and then. The tools send alerts to users when a COVID vaccination slot is available in a centre near them. Here’s a quick look at some of these apps/ websites and how to use them to check COVID vaccine slot availability.
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
Here are a few tips to successfully book COVID-19 vaccination
- Use CoWIN portal. The portal’s success rate is much higher than the Aarogya Setu and Umang apps
- Register in advance. This will save some valuable time while booking a slot
- While the COVID vaccine slot can be booked via mobile, we would advise you to use a laptop or PC. The PC’s large screen shows more centres without needing to scroll, allowing you to book a slot quickly.
- Proceed only when there are enough slots available, say around 200. Anything less than that gets filled up rather quickly.
- Use auto-fill plug-ins such as ‘Cowin Booking‘ for Chrome. This will automatically fill up your data on Cowin portal to speed up the Covid-19 vaccine slot booking process
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.