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Fraudulent website link shared as official COVID-19 Vaccination registration portal


A post with an attached website link is being shared on social media claiming it as the official portal for registering for the COVID-19 vaccination. The post asks people to register for COVID-19 vaccination using their mobile number on this portal. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: The website link to register for COVID-19 vaccination.

Fact: This link in the post opens a fraudulent website. The PIB mentioned it as a fake website impersonating the Government’s official portal to register for COVID-19 vaccination. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On 28 February 2021, the Government of India announced the COVID-19 vaccination registration portal ‘CO-WIN 2.0’. This portal was open for the general public on 01 March 2021 and can be accessed through www.cowin.gov.in. Co-WIN is a platform for Indian citizens to register for COVID-19 vaccination and schedule their vaccination slots at the nearest vaccination centres.

The PIB, through a tweet, clarified that a fraudulent website ‘https://selfregistration.preprod.co-vin.in/’ impersonating the official ‘CO-WIN’ website getting shared on social media. PIB mentioned this website as a fake website and informed people that any official information related to the COVID-19 vaccination drive is available on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.

To sum it up, a fraudulent link shared as the official website for COVID-19 vaccination registration.


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