CoWIN launches API to make it easy for organisations to know, verify vaccination status of staff, clients | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: With an aim to facilitate faster re-opening of economic activities while also ensuring health safety of people, Co-Win has launched a new API that will make it easy for organizations to know or verify the vaccination status of their employees, associates, customers etc.
To use this API, an individual needs to enter mobile number and name. Thereafter, the individual will get a one time password (OTP) which they have to enter. In return, Co-WIN will send a response to the verifying entity on the individual’s status of vaccination. The response will only tell whether the person is not vaccinated or the person is partially vaccinated or Person is fully vaccinated.
The new feature is consent-based and privacy-preserving, the government said.
Co-WIN is already issuing a digitally verifiable certificate as a proof of vaccination. This certificate can be saved on a digital device like smartphone, tablet, laptop etc. or stored in Digi Locker from where it can be digitally shared as and when required as a proof of vaccination.
However, there may be instances where an entity does not need to see the certificate in full and would just need to know whether an individual has been vaccinated or not. For instance, employers may want to know the vaccination status of its employees to resume functions in offices, workplaces etc. Similarly, hotels may want to know the vaccination status of their customers.
“Therefore, there is a need to enable an Aadhaar like authentication service for the status of vaccination through Co-WIN. To take care of these cases and others that may come up, Co-WIN has developed a new API called ‘Know Your Customer’s/Client’s Vaccination Status’ or KYC-VS,” the government said.
The API may also be used for railway reservation and flight bookings.
“As the socio-economic activities are being gradually revived while maintaining everyone’s safety, there is a need for a way to digitally convey the status of individuals’ vaccination to entities with whom they may be engaging with for any or all reasons, as employees, passengers, residents etc.,” the government said.
Nearly 73 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.
This response through KYC-VS will be digitally signed and can be shared instantly with the verifying entity.

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