New Delhi: From April 1, vaccination against coronavirus opens to all those who are 45 years old and above, marking a new chapter in India’s continuous fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Advanced booking of slots on cowin.gov.in has already been thrown open.
This vaccination phase comes at a time when the country is seeing a surge in the number of daily infections after cases went down in December and January. The government, at present, is focussing to bring more people under the vaccination drive as the rage of the pandemic remains unabated.
In this phase too, registration will be done through cowin.gov.in portal.
Here is all you need to know about the vaccination
1.) All Above 45 Can Get Vaccinated: Govt From April 1, all people above 45 years of age are entitled to get the coronavirus vaccine, Javadekar said on Tuesday. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet, he said even people without comorbidity and above the age of 45 years, can get vaccinated. He requested people entitled to get themselves registered to take the Covid-19 shot.
2.) Vaccination Drive, Till Now | The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated and vaccination of the frontline workers started from February 2. The next phase of the inoculation drive commenced on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
3.) How to Register on Co-Win | Citizens can register to get vaccinated through the Co-WIN portal by registering through their phone numbers, after which an OTP is sent to their phone for first step verification. Read full guide here.
4.) Other Registration Details | Citizens cannot choose which vaccine they will get via the Co-WIN portal. They can choose the date and COVID-19 vaccine centre.
5.) Private and Govt Options | Many private hospitals that act as COVID-19 vaccine centres cannot charge more than Rs 250 per shot. COVID-19 vaccines are free of cost in government hospitals.
6.) Walk-in Option | Citizens who are not tech-savvy or do not own a smartphone can call the centre number — 1507. They can also walk-in to the nearest centre and if there’s a vacancy.
7.) Vaccine Options | The government has authorised Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine – made by Oxford and AstraZeneca; and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine for the inoculation drive.