India on Tuesday opened covid-19 vaccines to those above 45 years beginning 1 April, vastly expanding the inoculation drive so far limited to frontline workers, elderly, and those suffering from comorbidities. The decision made at a Union cabinet meeting comes amid a resurgence in covid-19 cases. So far, people above 45 could get vaccinated if they were suffering from comorbidities, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The registration for the vaccine will be undertaken through the Co-Win portal and citizens can also register, book appointments via the Arogya Setu app.
What is the process for booking a vaccine appointment?
Step:1 Use Co-WIN app, or log on to www.cowin.gov.in
Step: 2 Enter your mobile number, get an OTP to create your account, enter OTP and click on the “Verify” button.
Step: 3 You will be directed to the registration of the vaccination’ page. Here choose one photo ID proof, fill in your name, age, gender and upload an identity document.
Step: 4 The page will ask you if you have any comorbidities, which can be answered by simply clicking on ‘yes’, ‘no’. If 45+, upload doctor’s certificate as comorbidity proof.
Step: 5 Once the details are entered for registration, Click on the “Register” button
Step: 6 Once the registration is completed; the system will show the “Account Details”.
Step: 7 A citizen can further add three more people linked with this mobile number by clicking on the “Add More” button.
Step: 8 There will be a button indicating Schedule appointment.
Step: 9 Search a vaccination centre of choice by state, district, block and pin code as per your convenience. Here date and availability will be mentioned.
Step: 10 Click on the book button.
Step: 11 Once the appointment is booked, you can always reschedule it prior to the day of appointment.
How can you book for family members?
There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. The appointments can be made on apps provided, where you can choose the date and location of your choice, prior to the day of scheduled vaccination. For example, for March 1 you can book the appointment now and a slot will be allotted as per availability. However, for any future dates, an appointment can also be booked for which vaccination slots are available.
What is the time slot for the vaccination drive?
Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3 pm on that day for which the slots were opened. The vaccination centres are open from 9 am to 3pm. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then the appointment of both doses will be cancelled.
Is Covid Vaccine free of cost?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities. Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of vaccine./ans]