Okay, here's how I (and presumably several others) landed vaxx slots so early into the rollout.

1. Register beneficiary (or -ies) on Cowin. Everything else is secondary.

2. Go to under45.in (s/o to @BertyThomas) and find the Telegram channel for your district.
3. Subscribe to your district's Telegram channel - THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP.
4. Between 4 pm and 9 pm, you will receive updates in this Telegram channel whenever a centre updates with available vaccination slots.

Here's where it starts to get tricky...
...because vaccination slots fill up within (and this is not an exaggeration) FIVE mins, once the message hits the Telegram channel.

So, you have to play 'fastest finger first' on Cowin, the instant you receive the Telegram message!!
This is where your luck plays a HUGE role.

If you're lucky, you'll be able to
- get the Cowin login OTP,
- open the scheduling page, and
- book your appointment

...all within TWO minutes.

If you aren't lucky, you'll spend six minutes waiting for the OTP to login... 🤷🏽‍♂️
Here's my recco:
- Spend a day or two tracking the Telegram updates & familiarise yourself with the centres where vaxx slots typically open up.
- Figure out the locations and update timings for these centres.
- Play fastest finger first when the next update arrives.

Easy, eh? 🙄
Okay, listen up, if you manage to follow this thread and book a slot for yourself (or for anyone else) then please, PLEASE consider donating towards this cause endorsed by Berty, who's the creator of the telegram channels.

Details here:

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