The Central Government has announced a big update regarding corrections and edits in incorrect mention of the name, gender and birth year on vaccine certificate. You can also merge your two first CoWIN Vaccine Certificates, to get a correct final certificate. But what happens when someone wants to verify whether you have the correct certificate? Well, you can not use the site for CoWIN Vaccine Certificate Verification, as well as editing.
Why do you need CoWIN Vaccine Certificate Verification?
The CoWIN Vaccine Certificate is used at the time of travel and helps access several premises. Further, several organisations are asking their employees to provide the vaccine certificate to enter premises. Thus, you can check the genuineness of the certificate from the CoWIN portal.
Once you have completed the Covid-19 vaccination, CoWIN will issue a certificate as proof. The vaccination certificate has a secure QR code to protect it against falsification. To know the authenticity of the Vaccine Certificate, you must definitely verify it.
Steps for CoWIN Vaccine Certificate Verification
Step 1: To check the authentication of your vaccine certificate, visit verify.cowin.gov.in. Upon visiting the site, click on the “Scan QR code”, post which you will get a notification to activate your device’s camera.
Step 2: Point the camera to the QR code on the certificate issued and scan. If the verification is successful, you will get the message: “Certificate Successfully Verified”. Further, you can check the name, age, gender, beneficiary Reference ID, date of Dose, the certificate issued (whether Provisional or Final). You can also check the place that you have received vaccination at.
Step 3: If the certificate is not genuine, you will get the message: “Certificate Invalid”. That is, if the CoWIN Vaccine Certificate Verification did not go through correctly, you will not be allowed to travel or enter a lot of public premises. You need to re-download the Vaccine Certificate via CoWIN.
How to edit minor details in the Vaccine Certificate?
Step 1: Log in with the registered mobile number on selfregistration.cowin.gov.in. Enter the OTP you receive and the portal will display the dashboard. Now, in the top-right corner, you can see a tab – “Raise and Issue”, click on it.
Step 2: When you click on “Raise and Issue”, you will get a page with the title “Correction in Vaccine Certificate”. Here, you have to select the member whose Vaccine Certificate you need to correct. After that, click on the only option “Correction in Certificate”.
Step 3: Out of the mentioned three, you can only request a correction in two fields. I had to correct the name and gender in the certificate and chose them. Them, add the correct details that you want on the Vaccine Certificate. The page also shows a disclaimer that yiu can do these minor changes only once, so be cautious not to make a mistake again, as this is full and final. Click “Continue” after you have filled in the correct details.
Step 4: Lastly, you will receive a final verification tab, that will show both the corrections that you have made. If you have filled in the details correction, proceed to “Submit”. Otherwise, you can click the back arrow and go back to Step 3. If you click “Submit”, your details have been submitted. You will soon be able to download the updated certificate.
How to merge two first dose vaccine certificates?
In case you have multiple provisional certificates for the first dose, generated through different accounts, you can merge them to generate your final vaccination certificate.
Step 1: Log in with the registered mobile number on selfregistration.cowin.gov.in. Enter the OTP you receive and the portal will display the dashboard. If you want to migrate both COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates into one account, add the person as the beneficiary. If you want to merge two certificates, select the mobile number where you want to merge.
Step 2: Now, in the top-right corner, you can see a tab – “Raise and Issue”, click on it. Under the tab, click “Merge Multiple Dose #1 Provisional Certificate”. Note that the portal will only merge the certificates in case the Beneficiary Name, Age, and Gender match. If there are any discrepancies, first correct the details in the certificate.
Step 3: From your original certificates, enter the Beneficiary Ref. ID From 1st Certificate and the date. Repeat the same for the second tab via the other certificate. Checkmark the declaration form, which will prevent you from applying for another vaccination dose.
Step 4: Click “Submit Request”. Check all the details in the application and confirm the same.
The certificate does not auto-correct immediately and will take some time. You will need to keep checking the website for the update.