Government warns citizens about cons calling about COVID-19 vaccine


The Public Bureau of Information (PBI), a “nodal agency of the Government of India to disseminate information to the print and electronic media on government policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements,” tweeted on January 22, warning citizens about “some fraudsters claiming to be from the Drug Authority of India”.

The tweet from PIB Official Twitter handle asked people to remain cautious and not to reveal important details such as OTPs and bank account information.

The only way people will finally start getting vaccinated is after all the citizens in a high-risk group (health-care workers, elderly, people with severe illnesses) are vaccinated. The procedure after that will be that people will be able to enrol themselves on the Co-WIN app.

After India launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive on January 16 with frontline healthcare workers to be inoculated in the first phase of the drive. By now, nearly 16 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated against the deadly virus.

People will be able to use official documents like driving licence, PAN card, bank passbook, passport, pension document, MGNERGA job card, voter ID, official IDs of MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs, government-issued service ID card etc to self-register on the Co-WIN app.