For many weeks I have been going through a trauma, a nightmare if you will, of booking vaccination appointment for my parents.
I was fortunate enough to get vaccinated in the first batch of frontline workers. The studies have been and are continuing to reveal the benefits of getting vaccinated. There are pieces of evidence that vaccination can reduce the chances of hospitalization if you contract Covid-19. Hence, I figured my parents should be vaccinated at the earliest.
It was easy to register them on the COWIN website, but the ordeal began when I started looking for slots to book an appointment. Every day, it is the same story. Either the slots are completely booked or there are no slots that day. Surprisingly, the slots get booked within a matter of seconds.
One day, as I was again checking the slots, like a daily and hourly ritual, I came across one slot in the locality that was empty. I immediately went ahead and booked that slot for my dad as he is above 60 years. From that day till today, we have been checking for any vacant slot for our mom, but in vain. Once we saw around 40 vacant slots in a military area hospital. Quickly I checked with my dad if he can take mom there or not, but my dad revealed something that I did not see coming.
Sometime back a family was denied vaccination in that centre even though they had the booking, stating that the slots over there were only for military personas. I am very grateful to our Army that they risk their lives for our safety, and I think they should be getting a special quota in this vaccination drive. The thing that upsets me is, why was this slot then opened up for civilians on the COWIN website? Aren’t we already traumatized by the sorry state of affairs everywhere? Why then frustrate a common man by this mismanagement?
But today, this just crossed the limit of whimsical management when I received a message that the booked slot for my dad has been cancelled! If the booked slots can be cancelled like this, what’s the point of asking us to book slots? Why can’t the administration book slot as they wish, for whomever they want?
Isn’t the COWIN website enough that people are now distributing phone numbers for getting the dose? This clearly means people are getting doses without a prior appointment through COWIN.
I also wonder if slots are not opening enough, and getting booked within seconds, how come these many people are there at the vaccination centre? Who are they, because even though I am trying so hard to book a slot, I can’t find any. How do these people get to know about the empty slots? Please let me know so that I can, yet again, book an appointment for my dad and my mom too and this time I hope the slots wouldn’t be cancelled just like that!