Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 28
The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination starts on Monday with the registration for eligible beneficiaries opening from 9 am.
Among those eligible for vaccinations from March 1 are healthcare workers and frontline workers left behind from the ongoing inoculation drive that began from January 16; citizens aged 60 years and those who will turn 60 as on January 1, 2022; citizens aged 45 to 59 years or those who will turn 45 to 59 as on January 1, 2022 and have any of the 20 conditions listed by the government including as heart failure, HIV, disabilities, hypertension and diabetes.
Starting 9 am tomorrow, beneficiaries will be able to register for vaccinations at www.cowin.gov.in. They can view the list of COVID vaccination centres and book an appointment anytime anywhere using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through Aarogya Setu.
There will be only one appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.
How can people register
- People can register online and book an appointment on COWIN Portal using basic demographic details and photo IDs. The list of vaccination centres with date and time of vacant slots will be available upon registration. Second dose appointments will be automatically scheduled. At the time of vaccination beneficiaries must carry photo IDs used for online registration, certificate of comorbidity for those aged 45 to 59; employment certificate or photo ID for healthcare and frontline workers.
- Beneficiaries can walk into vaccination centres and register on site, but states need to ensure there is no overcrowding.
- States can fix dates to facilitate cohort registration and mobilise beneficiaries to come and get jabs.
Health Ministry explained, “For example for March 1, the slots will be open from 9 am to 3 pm and appointments can be booked anytime before that subject to availability. However, on March 1, an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available. A slot for the second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Center on the 29th day of the date of appointment of the first dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled.”
Eligible persons can register on Co-WIN2.0 through their mobile number. With one mobile number, a person can register four beneficiaries but each beneficiary must have a different photo IDs.
Either of the following photo IDs are permitted for online registration– Aadhar Card/Letter; Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC); Passport; Driving Licence; PAN Card; NPR Smart Card; Pension Document with photograph.
The Centre today shared with states detailed guidance on population based vaccination and organised an orientation workshop for 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, 600 hospitals empanelled under Central Government Health Scheme and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government’s Health Insurance Schemes.
The participants were explained modalities of CoWIN2 digital platform and were trained on aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events.
The Centre said it would procure and supply COVAXIN and Covishield vaccines to states free of cost to states for further disbursal to government and private vaccination centres.
COVID vaccination will be administered free at government facilities and for Rs 250 a dose at private centres.
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