India’s Covid-19 vaccine registration portal crashed less than five minutes after opening registration for all Indians over the age of 18, and many users complained of technical issues and incomplete registrations, highlighting the challenges the country’s expanded vaccination campaign will likely face amid a growing crisis.
The Federal Government’s” Co-Win ” portal was opened to all adults in India on Wednesday afternoon, but users started seeing a ‘504 – Gateway Time-out’ error page minutes later, preventing them from registering.
Many users who managed to open the website or app complained that they were unable to complete their verification process as the system did not send them a text message with the required one-time password.
The official Twitter user of the government’s Covid-19 app responded to growing complaints on Twitter by issuing a statement that the portal was up and running now and had been affected by a “minor bug” that has been corrected.
While people can now register an account on the platform, they say all available appointments are only open to people over the age of 45, for whom vaccinations have been open since early April.
Citing government sources, Indian news channel NDTV reported that the portal was receiving nearly 2.7 million views per minute.
The expanded vaccine registration process has been in chaos all day as the government silently delayed its launch, Medianama reported. Registrations opened at 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday despite the original plan being to launch it at midnight.
Earlier this month, the Indian government announced plans to expand its vaccine deployment to cover all adults starting May 1. India is in the midst of a second deadly wave of the pandemic and has consistently reported on average more than 300,000 new cases daily over the past week, higher than any other country. On Wednesday, the country crossed the grim milestone of 200,000 recorded deaths, but several experts agree that this number is probably a massive insufficient count.