NEW DELHI: If you were using a vaccine tracker website or tool like Paytm Vaccine Finder, VaccinateMe.in Covid-19 vaccine tracker, GetJab.in and others to check slots then there’s some ‘bad news’. The government has issued a new update to Co-WIN Public API which will make cache appointment availability data to up to 30 minutes. This means that if you use any third-party trackers to check real-time availability of a vaccine slot then you will see old results. Given the rush to book slots, a 30 minute delay may mean missing the slot.
“CoWIN Public APIs to find appointment availability and to download vaccination certificates. These APIs are available for use by all third party applications. The appointment availability data is cached and may be upto 30 minutes old. Further, these APIs are subject to a rate limit of 100 API calls per 5 minutes per IP. Please consider these points while using the APIs in your application,” as per the API Setu website.
The latest real-time vaccine availability and appointment status will only be available on the CoWin platform and Aarogya Setu app.
For those unaware, these third-party websites are not made by the government of India and are created by individuals to just help you provide notifications about open slots. You will have to register and book a slot on Aarogya Setu or CoWin website to get the vaccine.
With the delay in the cache timing and API call rate, the notifications that you will get for vaccine availability too may not be of much use as well. So, it is highly advisable that you visit the CoWin website to get correct availability and also to book a slot for yourself.
India has opened the Covid-19 vaccination programme to all citizens above the age of 18 years. While the entire process is digital and quite easy to register, the biggest challenge is to get a confirmed appointment. With limited open slots, due to the shortage of Covid-19 vaccine in the country, it has become quite a task to book a slot and ultimately receive the vaccine. These third-party vaccine trackers help you stay notified about real-time availability but the new API update is likely to gurt their reliability.