- The registration on the CoWIN 2.0 portal opened on March 1
- People with 20 comorbidities and between age 45 - 59 can get the vaccine
- 29 lakh citizens registered for COVID vaccine on March 1: Govt
Almost 30 lakh citizens registered themselves on the Co-WIN portal, which commenced on March 1, as COVID-19 vaccine drive began for those above the age of 60 and 45 with comorbidities. For the beneficiaries to book their slots through the portal, a user manual for registration and appointment has been shared by the government, as the Health Ministry clarified that there is no CoWIN app for this process.
“Registration and booking for appointment for #COVID19 Vaccination is to be done through #CoWIN Portal: http://cowin.gov.in. There is NO #CoWIN App for beneficiary registration. The App on Play Store is for administrators only,” the Ministry of Health tweeted.
Here’s a step by step guide for the CoWIN portal:
- Log in to the #CoWIN Portal: http://cowin.gov.in
- Type in your mobile number in the login panel and enter an OTP sent to your phone
- The user is then redirected to a page which will ask for their basic personal details like, Name, Gender, government approved ID card, and so on
- For those having comorbidities, there’s an additional step, which will require them to upload a medical certificate signed by a Registered Medical Practitioner
- One login can register up to 4 people for the vaccine
- For appointments, the portal will ask for the user’s state, city and PIN code. After the user provides location details, options for the vaccination centres will appear
- Now the centre and time slots, which are available between 9 am and 3 pm can be selected
- The user needs to take a print out of the appointment successful letter to the vaccination centre
Till the time of vaccination, all the records of registration and appointment can be edited/deleted by the person making the registration. Only when a person gets vaccinated, the record is locked and cannot be edited/deleted, as per the user manual.
The centre has specified 20 comorbidities among people between 45 and 59 years who will get the vaccine, the list of which is available on the portal.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be given for free at government hospitals, while people will need to pay Rs 250 per dose, at private facilities, of which Rs 150 is for the vaccine and Rs 100 is the operational charge.
According to the Health Ministry, the schedule of vaccination of eligible beneficiaries will be closely linked with the availability of vaccine doses.
The states and Union Territories will determine the target number of doses to be administered in a vaccination cycle.
The target number of doses is to be determined considering the available stocks and the requirement of further vaccine stocks for the second dose since, when a beneficiary is being vaccinated with the first dose, Co-WIN will automatically confirm the appointment of the beneficiary for the second dose at the same vaccination centre, as per the government user manual.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the next few days the “walk-in system” for people will be further streamlined in states to ensure smooth functioning.
We have given some relaxation to state governments. In the next few days, the walk-in system will be streamlined, a provision is in place for this. A certain number of people can go to the centres after taking appointments through booking, Dr Vardhan said.
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