How to verify whether a Covid vaccine certificate is authentic or fake

How to verify whether a Covid vaccine certificate is authentic or fake

A Covid vaccine certificate is generated by the CoWin platform soon after you have taken the vaccine after registering online either on the CoWin website or Aarogya Setu app. The vaccine certificate contains details like Name, Age, ID along with vaccination details and a QR code. This QR is placed on the certificate for the sole purpose of verification. So, no one can use Photoshop to photo edit any random vaccine certificate and create a fake vaccine certificate.

Interestingly, the government has added a verification system for the public as well to check the authenticity of certificates. This feature may come handy for businesses, offices, and other public places to verify whether a visitor has been vaccinated or not. For example, if a gym owner wants to make sure that only vaccinated members are allowed entry inside the gym, the owner can do so by using this government website.

Here’s how to check the authenticity of a Covid vaccine certificate in India


Any smartphone or laptop (with a webcam) and internet connection is required.


Visit this CoWin verification website

Go to on your internet browser


Click on “Scan QR code” on the website

On the Cowin verification website, click on “Scan QR code”. A notification will prompt you to activate your device’s camera.


Point the camera to the QR code on the certificate issued and scan

The QR code can be scanned either on paper or on the digital certificate as well.


An authentic vaccine certificate will show “Certificate Successfully Verified” on scanning QR code

On successful verification, the following will be displayed:
Message: “Certificate Successfully Verified”
Beneficiary Reference ID
Date of Dose
Certificate Issued: Provisional/Final
Vaccination at


If the certificate is not genuine, “Certificate Invalid” will be displayed


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