COVID-19 vaccine slot availability: How to get email alerts and telegram notification

Siddharth Chauhan | Published 03 May 2021
COVID-19 vaccine slot availability: How to get email alerts and telegram notification
HIGHLIGHTS
  • COVID-19 vaccination for 18+ started on May 1 in India

  • People are facing difficulty in booking a vaccination appointment in India

  • Here is how to recieve alerts for availability of vaccine slots in India

The COVID-19 vaccination program for everyone above the age of 18 in India started on May 1. However, since a lot of states were not able to procure large amounts of vaccine doses, many people are still unable to successfully book a slot on the CoWIN website. CoWIN is the official website for registering and booking an appointment to get inoculated against the Coronavirus. The government extended the eligibility criteria to include most of the population in India as there is a spike in new COVID-19 cases in India. 

While people can register on the CoWIN platform by going to the website or using the Aarogya Setu app, the appointment slots for 18+ is not available in many regions or is booked for the next few weeks already. As such it can get a bit exhausting to check the availability of slots every day and sometimes being too late to book one. Some good samaritans and programmers have come to the rescue in setting up alert systems that will inform people when the vaccine slots become available in a particular city. Here are the three such websites that will notify you once the vaccination slots are available in your city.

Read more: How to register for COVID-19 Vaccine in India

Under45.in (Telegram alerts)

Programmer Berty Thomas has set up under45.in which is being updated regularly with available vaccination slots across cities in India. The website is simple to use and lets you quickly search for an available slot in your district.

1. Go to under45.in

2. Select your State and District from the drop-down list

3. Tap Find Slots

If there are any vaccination slots available in your district, the result will display a list of the vaccination centres. Moreover, Berty is also setting up an automated system on Telegram that will notify users of when the vaccine appointment slots become available in a particular city. This alerts system is being rolled out for major districts first such as Delhi, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and more. You can set up Telegram alerts for your district here.

Paytm COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Finder

Paytm has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Finder feature in its app. This mini-app lets users check vaccine availability and allows people to find vaccination centres near them. Users can head to the Paytm app and scroll down to the "What's New" section. Tap on the Vaccine Finder icon and the app will let users find vaccination slots easily by entering a pin code or searching by district name.

The service also allows users to filter age groups and between dose 1 and dose 2. Moreover, if there is no slot at a user's nearest vaccinartion centre, they can choose to get notified whenever there is a slot availability. The data is sourced from the CoWIN API and updates in real-time.

You can go to the vaccine finder mini-app by clicking here

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker on Google Sheets (Email Alerts)

Programmer and Founder of Labnol, Amit Agarwal has set up an automated system using Google Sheets that will send an email alert to users whenever the COVID-19 vaccine is available in your district. The project is open source and people just need to make a copy of the tracker to get started. Amit has detailed the process of creating your own vaccine tracker here and below is the TL;DR version.

1. Make a copy of the Vaccine tracker Google Sheet from here

2. Click the Vaccine Tracker option (beside Help option) and tap Enable

3. Authorize the app through your Google account

4. Click Enable on the Vaccine Tracker option again

5. An alert box will be displayed

6. Enter Pin Code, email ID, age group and the frequency of checking vaccine availability.

7. Click on Create Email Alert and you will be notified whenever the vaccine slots open up in your district/pin code.

Leegality Co-Win Vaccine Availability Notifications

Leegality has launched a Co-WIN Vaccine slot notification service that sends email alerts whenever there is a vaccine slot availability near your area. Users need to enter their email ID along with state and district name after which they will be subscribed to receive vaccine slot availability information. The service checks vaccine availability every two minutes and a maximum of 15 emails will be sent to users everyday. You can check out the website here.

Getjab.in (Email alerts, SMS alerts soon)

Made by Azhar Hussain, Shyam Sunder, Anurag Kishore and Akshay Nautiyal, Getjab.in will notify people of the vaccination slots whenever they become available.

Currently, people will be notified via email, but the developers are also working on an SMS alerts feature that they expect to roll out soon. To get notified, follow these steps:

1. Go to getjab.in

2. Enter your name, District and Email ID (phone number is optional)

3. Click Get Notified and you are good to go

Findslot.in

Developed by Shyam Sunder and Jeroz Nishant, Findslot.in lets you quickly search for a COVID-19 vaccine slot in your district. Users can select the name of the city directly or can find it via pin code or by entering the name of the state and district. This website crawls the appointment slots from the CoWIN website but it does not have a notification alert system yet. You can visit the website here.

Also Read: List of online COVID-19 resources in India

This WhatsApp chatbot helps fast-track senior citizen's vaccination in India

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