When To Take Second Dose Of The COVID-19 Vaccine, How To Register For It, Government Answers These And Other Questions

When To Take Second Dose Of The COVID-19 Vaccine, How To Register For It, Government Answers These And Other Questions

Here are some of the questions answered by the Union Health Ministry related to the optimal period between two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines and the process of scheduling appointments
When To Take Second Dose Of The COVID-19 Vaccine, How To Register For It, Government Answers These And Other QuestionsAccording to the Union Health Ministry, the new beneficiaries becoming eligible from April 1 can register and book an appointment through the Co-WIN portal or the Arogya Setu app
  • India began its coronavirus vaccination drive on January 16
  • From April 1, people over 45 years are eligible to be vaccinated: Centre
  • Do not delay 2nd dose beyond the 8th week of getting 1st dose: Centre

New Delhi: On March 23, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) announced that everybody over the age of 45 years would be eligible for receiving the vaccination against COVID-19 from April 1. Currently, vaccination is open to only those above 60 and those above 45 with co-morbidities are being inoculated. With this, the Centre intends to ramp up the vaccination drive. According to experts, this is a welcome move, in view of the alarming surge in the new cases being witnessed by the country. The ministry said that the surge is driven in part by laxity in following COVID protocols and the spread of the more contagious mutant strains. The government has urged people to follow the COVID-19 preventive measures like wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, hand hygiene among others and said that all eligible people should come forward to get themselves immunised. With an aim to clarify doubts regarding the second dose of vaccination, the government answered some of the commonly asked questions.

Also Read: Government Planning To Bring More Population Groups Under COVID-19 Vaccination Drive: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Who can get vaccinated in this phase?

Starting April 1, everybody over the age of 45 is eligible to be vaccinated. The cut-off date has been set as January 1, 1977, which means that the person willing to get vaccinated must be born before this date.

What is the recommended time interval between the required two doses? 

The country has given emergency use license to two COVID-19 vaccines – Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield which is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India in Pune and Bharat Biotech-Indian Council of Medical Research’s Covaxin. Both vaccines are required to be taken in two doses.

The time interval between two doses of the Covishield vaccine has been extended from four-six weeks to four-eight weeks from the first dose. Within the extended period, protection from the novel coronavirus will be greater if the second dose is taken between six and eight weeks after the first. The ministry said that both doses should be taken within the recommended time period for stronger immunity and both doses must be of the same vaccine type. The second dose of Covaxin can be taken four to six weeks after the first.

Also Read: Centre Allays Concerns On Covishield; Says Both COVID-19 Vaccines In India Effective Against UK And Brazilian Variants

How can one register for the second dose?

Newly eligible beneficiaries can register and book an appointment through the Co-WIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) portal. Their slots will go live from April 1.

Since the auto-scheduling feature for the Covishield vaccine has been removed, both new beneficiaries and those who have already received their first dose can now choose when to get the second dose.

In case, there are any problems related to registration and booking appointments, beneficiaries can contact the national helpline ‘1075’.

When and how to take the Vaccination Certificate?

After getting the vaccine (whether the first or second dose), the vaccinee must ensure to take their Vaccination Certificate which can be either a hard copy or a digital copy. Vaccination and the certificate are free in government hospitals. Vaccination in private hospitals is capped at Rs. 250, and this includes the cost of the certificate.

Are there enough vaccines for everybody?

The government has stressed that there is no need to panic as there is no shortage of vaccine stock.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene


Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.


3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90


34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118


29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42


West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12


14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95



10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3


9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67


9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25



8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25


Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10



7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1


7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71



6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2


5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63



5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19


3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38



3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1


1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2


1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92



99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12


79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292



65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13


61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3


Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3


40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3


28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4


26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1


20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


15 9

10,631 9



10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8


Andaman And Nicobar Islands


6 1

7,404 1


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  1. Myself (64 yrs) and my wife (58 yrs) vaccinated COVID SHIELD first dose on 12.03.2021.
    It is advisable to take second dose of vaccine due on 04.06.2021. But I am not able
    to reschedule my 2nd dose. Due date is already over.

  2. jitendra modi

    I have taken first dose dt.08/04/2021 how to regisrer second dose

  3. Umesh Kumar.K

    I got my first vaccination dose of covaxin on 11 April 2021 now when the second dose is to be given to me and i am physically handicapped person and 59 years old.

  4. T chandramathi

    We are trying to schedule second dose of covi shild for dr.couple aged 67 and 75+ but we are not getting the info

  5. Ashishkumar Yashvantrai Desai

    Covid 19 vaccine 2 Dose certificate.

  6. P.R.Prabhakaran Nair

    We had taken the first dose on 25-3-21 at Medical Trust Hospital Ernakulam and the second dose was scheduled for 22-4-21. When we reached hospital they said the vaccine has not arrived and we should reschedule our appointment. I am not able to get a slot for the second dose. I am 75 yrs and my wife is 66 years. Can I get helped in this matter.


    2ND DOSE

  8. Parimal Kumar Chakraborty

    2nd dose registration


    I have taken first dose on 09/03/2021. How to register for second?


    First dose taken on 09/03/2021 How to register for second dose?

  11. 23/04/21 is my given date for second vaccine
    Now what I should do

  12. is registration required for second doze of vaccination

  13. i got my first vaccination dose of covishield on 19 march 2021 now when the second dose is to be given to me

  14. My self (62 yrs) and my wife (56 yrs) vaccinated COVID SHIELD first dose on 20.03.2021.
    It is advisable to take second dose of vaccine on 30.04.2021, because from 01-05-2021 it is open to all above 18 yrs.

  15. This is Girish Rane would like to have some information regarding the Vaccine. I have taken Vaccine in Cama Hospital in Mumbai and at the time due to technical error my cell number was not registered, but I have taken Vaccine and was told that I have to take 2nd Dose of Vaccine at the same place only then only I will get the Vaccine Certificate. You are requested to please Guide me in this Matter……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


    Govt initiative and tremendous efforts to contain the covid 19 is commendable.
    there is somany different comments regarding the second dose of vaccine is in the air. a firm date required at leat the minimum days for taking second dose

  17. Venkateswara Rao Ramakuru

    how to know the reference number for my Beneficiary id no: 32603576482716

  18. Fantastic work. Amitabh Bachchan is the right person for this Abhiyan. He is a legend. Always enjoy watching him on screen big or small.

  19. I wish and expect the site to provide link to get registered to first and second doses. so that people can easily navigate to that registration site. Please include the LINK immediately.

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