Over 1.32 crore people apply on Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccination drive for 18 above
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Over 1.32 crore people signed up for COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday on the Co-WIN platform. Government's portal opened for registration on April 28 for all citizens above 18 years of age.

According to government, 1,32,67,272 people registered for vaccinations on the first day. Taking to Twitter, Aarogya Setu tweeted: "So we close Day 1 with 1.32 Cr Registrations on http://Cowin.gov.in. Kudos to Team CoWin for building a truly scalable and robust platform. Handling more than 50000 API calls per second is mammoth!!"

Meanwhile, the government clarified that the people who registered for COVID-19 vaccination are not likely to get coronavirus vaccines when they become eligible for the jabs on May 1 as the appointments for 18-44 will be available when State Govts and Private Vaccination Centres schedule sessions.

As the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against COVID-19 started on the Co-WIN portal at 4 pm on Wednesday, many people took to social media to complain about the technical problems they faced trying to register for the third phase of the inoculation drive scheduled to begin from May 1.

The Union health ministry, however, clarified that the media reports which said the server has crashed "are incorrect and are without any basis". "The server supporting the CoWin digital portal continues to work smoothly at its highest efficiency. People are registering on the platform, mostly of age-group 18-44. It witnessed more than 80 lakh people registered themselves on the portal, with 3 hours from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm," it said.

Sharing some of the statistics appertaining to the first three hours (4-7 pm), the ministry said that the portal 383 million API hits, initially as high as 2.7 million hits per minute and a total of 1.45 crore SMSs have been successfully delivered.

"These statistics indicate that far from crashing or performing slowly, the system is performing without any glitches. It is recording 55,000 hits per second and is completely stable. Detailed statistics relating to registration, vaccinations, can be seen on dashboard.cowin.gov.in," the ministry said in its statement.

As the registration opened up at 4 pm, some people on social media complained that the portal was not responding, while others complained that it had crashed.

At 4.35 pm, a tweet from the verified Twitter handle of the Aarogya Setu mobile application said the CoWIN portal is working and that there was a minor glitch at 4 pm, which was fixed.

"Co-win portal is working. There was a minor glitch at 4 pm that was fixed. 18-plus can register," it said.

As India witnesses a surge in COVID-19 cases, the government has decided to allow all citizens above 18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1.

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