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The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 24.27 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry. (Representative image)

CoWIN users, who search for COVID-19 vaccination slots over 1,000 times or generate more than 50 OTPs within 24 hours, will be blocked for a day.

The step is a part of a series of measures taken to ensure that people do not deploy bots or scripts to automate slot bookings, reported The Times of India citing an official with the portal management team.

“The idea is to ensure those booking slots manually do not end up competing with bots,” the official told the publication.

The system will also log out users, who have made more than 20 search requests for vaccine slots within 15 minutes, said the report.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

CoWIN has an option of public search for available slots for vaccination against novel coronavirus infection on the portal without the need to log in, the official was quoted as saying.

“Users do not need to search 20 or more times within one or two pin codes or district in a short span of time once logged in. To do so is a violation and raises suspicions of bot activity,” he said. Such users are being logged out, he added.

Meanwhile, the government has announced a new update that enables an applicant to correct any inadvertent errors in name, year of birth and gender printed on the CoWIN vaccination certificate. Users can make the correction through the CoWIN website.

“Now you can make corrections to your name, year of birth and gender on your Cowin vaccination certificates if inadvertent errors have come in,” the official handle of the Aarogya Setu app tweeted on June 9. The CoWIN vaccination certificates are used at the time of travel and helps in the access of several other premises.

Earlier, the government also allowed people who are vaccinated to update their status voluntarily on the Aarogya Setu app through a self-assessment process. Those who have got the single dose of the vaccine will get a single blue border with vaccination status on their home screen along with Aarogya Setu logo with a single tick.

More than 33.79 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in India on June 9, the Union Health Ministry’s latest provisional report suggested. With that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached 24.27 crore.

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