New Delhi: Users are repeatedly searching to book vaccine slots on the central government’s Kovid-19 vaccine registration website CO-WIN. But now users who search more than 1,000 times for a vaccine slot in a day and generate more than 50 OTPs in 24 hours will be blocked. Such users will be blocked for 24 hours.
Apart from this, the system will also logout those users who search on Co-Win more than 20 times in 15 minutes. These measures are part of an effort to stop bots or scripts to automate slot bookings on the Co-Win website.
Slot search option even without logging in
An official told TOI in a report that the idea is that people who manually enter booking slots don’t have to compete with bots. The official said that the website already has an option of public search for slots available on the portal, where users can search slots without logging in. Apart from this, this official said that users who make 20 or more requests in a very short time increase the suspicion of bot activity.
Allow other apps to register
Recently, the central government has issued new guidelines for Co-Win which allows third parties to enable registration, scheduling and vaccination management through their app. This is an update to the existing framework where developers could simply provide information on slot availability and download vaccination certificates through their app. Earlier, the government’s Aarogya Setu and UMANG were the only two apps through which users could book registration and Kovid-19 vaccine appointments apart from Co-Win.