UNIVERSAL IMMUNIZATION WIN (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Health)

News-CRUX-10     2nd May 2024        

Context: Mother may be allowed to report side-effects of routine immunization of their babies on the government's U-WIN platform, according to plans under consideration.

Universal Immunization Win (U-WIN)

  • About: The U-WIN platform mirrors Co-WIN, the digital backbone of India's COVID-19 vaccination drive since January 2021, initially launched in 65 districts.
  • Functions: Comprehensive Immunization Services: U-WIN manages registration and vaccination of pregnant women, and newborns, records delivery outcomes, administers birth doses, and organizes subsequent vaccination events.
  • Role as Information Repository: U-WIN acts as the primary repository for immunization services data, facilitating reporting on antigen-wise coverage, vaccination status updates, and routine immunization session planning.
  • Digitized Tracking and Monitoring: Every pregnant woman and newborn are digitally registered, enabling tailored tracking for vaccination, dose reminders, and follow-up on dropouts.
  • Access and Usage: Currently, only healthcare providers can access U-WIN, utilizing its real-time tracking capabilities for vaccination data, adverse effects, follow-ups, registrations, and certifications.

  • Comparison with Co-WIN: U-WIN's framework draws from Co-WIN's success, which facilitated over 2 billion COVID-19 vaccinations within 18 months.
  • World's largest: Notably, U-WIN is set to become the world’s largest electronic immunization system serving millions of beneficiaries under the universal immunization programme.
  • Impact on Public Health Initiatives: As part of India's Universal Immunization Programme (UIP), U-WIN contributes to one of the world's largest public health endeavors, offering free vaccination against 12 life-threatening diseases to millions of newborns and pregnant women annually.