A New API called Know Your Customer’s Vaccination Status has been developed by Co-WIN, or KYC-VS, which will allow a verifying entity to know whether a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or not, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.
Since the vaccination campaign has been started against COVID-19 in the country, over 72 crore vaccine doses have been administered, the vaccination campaign was flagged off on January 16 this year in the country.
Co-WIN is already issuing a digitally verifiable certificate, to provide proof of vaccination for each of these individuals. According to the statement released by the ministry, 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 as a proof of vaccination when required. Similarly, it may be shown in both digital and physical forms at entry points where such certificate is required (e.g., in malls, office complexes, public events etc).
However, there may be incidents 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, said the ministry.
Similarly, to resume functions in offices, workplaces etc, an enterprise/employer may like to know the vaccination status of its employees, added the ministry.
Hotels may want to know the vaccination status of the residents at the time of checking into the hotel, or at the time of making online bookings, it further said.
Likewise, the Railways may want to get the status of vaccination of the passengers who are getting their seats reserved in the trains. Airlines may want to get the status of vaccination of the passengers who are booking their flight tickets, and/or airports may only want to allow vaccinated passengers to pass through.
“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.
“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 ministry said in the statement.
To use this API, an individual needs to enter his/her mobile number and name. Thereafter, they will get an 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, which will be as follows:
- Person is not vaccinated
- Person is partially vaccinated
- Person is fully vaccinated
The ministry said, the following response will be digitally signed and can be shared instantly with the verifying entity. The KYC-VS is consent-based and privacy preserving, it added. Additionally, in order to enable quick incorporation and faster adoption, the Co-WIN Team has prepared a webpage with the API, which may be embedded in any system.
The statement said, this will allow for a continuous integration with any system in no time. Besides the use cases pointed out, this service may be utilised by any service provider, private or public, for whom verifying an individual’s vaccination status is critical for facilitating a service requested, it said.