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Government warns against fake URLs claiming to ensure covid vaccine

The third phase of Covid-19 immunisation drive has begun all over the country from May 1. Many states have complained of a shortage of vaccines as they are still to procure stocks from the manufacturers. Taking advantage of this vaccine shortage, fraudsters are claiming to ensure covid vaccines. They are sending malicious covid-19 vaccine registration links to users on social media.
Warning against these links, Minister of State for Education, Communications, Electronics & IT, Government of India, Sanjay Dhotre has shared a post on Twitter. “BEWARE! There are many web links being shared on social media claiming to ensure #CovidVaccine. Please do not click on any such links from unauthorized sources!”, he wrote on Twitter.

Registration for the coronavirus vaccine in the country can only be done via official government sources. One can either go to the Cowin website or use Aarogya Setu/UMANG apps to register for the vaccine. Users can register themselves on these government portals using their mobile numbers. While booking an appointment, they need to keep a government ID proof like an Aadhaar card and PAN card handy. A user can book appointments for up to 4 people using one mobile number.
Recently, the government launched a vaccine centre location tracking facility via its MyGovCorona helpdesk on WhatsApp. One needs to simply type ‘Namaste’ at 9013151515 on WhatsApp. The chatbot will generate an automated response. To locate the nearest covid vaccination centre, one will have to type in the six-digit PIN code.

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