Paytm Adds COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Finder In App, Get Alerts When Slots Open
Paytm COVID-19 Vaccine Finder Allows Users to Search for Nearby Centres, , Get Notified When Slots Open
India is reeling under the surge of COVID-19 second wave. To combat the virus government has started a vaccination program on a war footing. The government of India has started vaccination for COVID-19 for people between the age of 18 years and 44-years. But the though the registration for the COVID vaccine is now open, people are finding it difficult to book a vaccine slot.
Several developers have introduced real-time trackers that send alerts when a vaccine slot is available nearby. Paytm too has done the same. The COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Finder tool has been rolled out to Paytm apps for both Android and iOS devices
Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma took to Twitter to share the news of the new feature. He tweeted that the tool takes real-time data from CoWIN( India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme). It is an alternative to the Co-WIN Vaccinator App and website that also provide the same information. The new feature in the Paytm app will help users find slots at vaccination centres in their area. Users can enter their pin code or district to check for availability at nearby centres and also get a notification when slots become available.
Check out his tweet here:
We are launching a new tool for users to find COVID Vaccine slots and set for alerts when new slots open up for their locality. @Paytm checks for availability real-time and alerts users via Paytm Chat when a new slot opens up.https://t.co/WvJa7CRxxO
Pls spread awareness.
— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) May 6, 2021
There are options for 18+ and 45+ age groups, and the Vaccine Slot Finder can show available slots for the next four weeks. If there are no slots available, users can choose to be notified by Paytm Chat when a slot opens up. If a slot is available, users can select a date and will be taken to the Co-WIN website/ app to book their appointment.
Here are steps to check COVID-19 vaccine slots from Paytm app:
- Open the Paytm app on Android or iOS devices.
- Scroll down to the Mini App Store section.
- You should see the Vaccine Finder option here.
- If not, tap on All and then tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment banner.
- Alternatively, you can also find the Vaccine Finder option under Discover with Paytm.
- Enter your pin code/ district, and select between 18+ and 45+ age groups.
- Click on Check Availability to see open slots.
- You can also click on the ‘Notify me when slots are available’ option as well to get alerts for open slots.
The Paytm Vaccine Slot Finder fetches real-time data about the availability of slots from the CoWIN platform, but it cannot be used to book appointments.