The third phase of India’s covid-19 vaccinations is about to begin and it includes people between the ages of 18 and 45 years. Dubbed the largest covid-19 vaccination drive in the world, the third phase of vaccination will be handled by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. To get the vaccine, you will have to register yourself in the CoWIN 2.0 portal and find the nearest vaccination center. You can also register yourself via the Aarogya Setu application.
In the third phase, vaccine manufacturers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) doses to the central government and would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market. Serum Institute of India will sell the Covishield vaccine for Rs 400 to state governments and Rs 600 to private hospitals. This means that people falling under this category will have to pay Rs 400 in state government centres and Rs 600 or above in private hospital to get vaccinated.
Don’t get misguided by rumours/news stating that registration for vaccination of 18+ citizens to start from 24th April 2021! The registrations will start on the #CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu App from 28th April 2021 onwards. Stay informed, stay safe! #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/i2SwCyRgFY
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) April 22, 2021
What is CoWIN?
As the count of active cases in India jumped to 3 lakh cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself took a dose of the vaccine recently, kicking off the second phase of the country’s vaccination drive. People will need to register themselves through the vaccine portal, which is dubbed CoWIN.
The new version of the portal has some advanced features, including GPS location tapping, four appointments per mobile phone and a walk-in provision for registering from the session site.
CoWIN Portal Timings
The registrations on the CoWIN portal open from 9am on April 28. Vaccination appointments will only be available between 9am and 3pm everyday.
Covid-19 Vaccine: Eligibility
The Government of India has also revealed that people who are 18 or above can register for vaccination. The government said that people can start the vaccination process from April 28th and appointments will start from May 1st onwards. The government also specified that no walk-ins will be allowed and individuals should register or book an appointment through cowin.gov.in or Aarogya Setu application.
COVID-19 Vaccination: List of Comorbidities for People Aged Above 45 to be Eligible
Note that in order for you to be eligible for a vaccine, the Centre has clearly stated that all citizens above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be eligible for vaccinations from March 1. And, if you are over 45 years of age, this is the list of comorbidities that make you eligible for the vaccine:
- Heart failure with hospital admission in the past one year
- Post Cardiac Transplant or left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
- Moderate or severe valvular heart disease
- Significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF<40%)
- Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
- Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/PTCA/MI and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- Angina and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- CT/MRI documented stroke and hypertension/diabetes on treatment
- Pulmonary artery hypertension and hypertension/diabetes on treatment
- Diabetes (>10 years or with complications) and Hypertension on treatment
- Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/On wait-list
- End Stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD
- Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications
- Decompensated cirrhosis
- Severe respiratory disease with hospitalizations in last two years/FEV1 <50%
- Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
- Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 1st July 2020 ORcurrently on any cancer therapy
- Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
- Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
- Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness.
How to Register for COVID-19 Vaccination
Registration is quite simple and will be done through the CoWIN portal. Follow these steps to register yourself:
- Open cowin.gov.in.
- Enter your mobile number and Aadhaar number.
- You will then receive an OTP on your phone, which you will have to submit.
- Once you submit the OTP, the “Registration of Vaccination” page appears.
- Enter all the details required on this page.
- Once the details are entered, click the “Register” button at the bottom right corner. Post which, you should get a Confirmation message stating you’ve registered successfully.
- If you want to add more members from your family, the page gives you the option to link three more people to the same mobile number.
- You will also need to upload a medical certificate to prove you have one of the above-mentioned comorbidities.
- The date for a second dose will be booked at the center, and it’s set for 29 days after the first dose.
- You will also get a Beneficiary ID or Reference ID, which can be used for getting the vaccination certificate later.
You can use your Aadhaar card, electoral photo identity card (EPIC), passport, driving license, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card or pension document with a photograph to register for getting the vaccination.
What is Beneficiary or Reference ID?
For those who are not aware, Beneficiary or Reference ID is the ID given to the users who have registered with Cowaxin. Individuals will not be able to get the vaccination without a beneficiary ID. Only after registration the information on the session site to visit and time will be shared with the beneficiary.
How to book an appointment
With the registrations done, you will then have to book the appointment for the covid-19 vaccinations. As mentioned before, appointments will be available between 9am to 3pm only. Here’s how to book an appointment:
- Schedule a date and time for the appointment on the “Account Details” page by clicking on the Schedule Appointment button or choosing the date from the Calendar.
- Search for the vaccination centre of your choice by State, District, Block and Pin Code from the drop-downs.
- Once you pick your preferred Centre, the available slots will be displayed post that.
- You can book your slot by clicking on the “Book” button. After which, the “Appointment Confirmation” page is displayed.
- Click on “Confirm” to verify the final details.
- Once confirmed, it will show the appointment successful page.
How to find nearest vaccination location
There are 10,000 government centres where vaccinations can be taken, and another 20,000 private centres, that are empanelled under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) and Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), will begin from March 1 onwards.
Here’s a list of all the Government hospitals:
Here’s a list of all the CGHS empanelled hospitals:
The private locations will have a pre-fixed charge mentioned above, while the government locations will offer the vaccines for free. There’s a location finder built into the CoWIN portal, which will help you find the nearest vaccination centers. You can only access it after registering yourself for the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Price
As mentioned before, you will have to pay Rs 600 and more per dose of the Covishield vaccine. These only apply for those who go through private hospitals though, government facilities will administer the vaccine for a lesser price. The state government centres will charge you Rs 400.
How to Download COVID Vaccination Certificate
The vaccine certificate will be awarded to those who have successfully completed the vaccination process. You will have to remember the Reference ID you were given during registration in order to receive the certificate.
You can get the vaccine certificate from this link, once you enter the Reference ID. You can also get the certificate from Aarogya Setu and DigiLocker apps.
COVID-19 Vaccination: How to Reschedule
If you happen to be unable to make it on a particular date, the CoWIN portal will allow you to reschedule as well. Here’s how to do that:
- Login to the CoWIN module
- Find the calendar icon, which shows you an already booked slot
- This will take you to the book appointment option that you may have seen earlier. You can reschedule using this.
- Choose the slot that works for you and press the “book” option.
- Click confirm when you’re done
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