How to register for COVID-19 vaccination?

Covid 19 vaccination

With India opening up vaccination for all above the age of 18, the question of many people’s minds is how to register for the vaccine? It has been told by RS Sharma, the chairperson of an empowered committee on Covid-19 vaccination, on a News18 interview that the registration process for the massive vaccination activity will begin in the next 48 hours on the government’s CoWin platform.

Sharma, the CoWin chief, appealed to beneficiaries to register and book an appointment before turning up to get the jab. The drive, which began on January 16, allows on-site registrations, apart from those done through CoWin.

Types of registration

There are three routes for registration:

  • Advance Self-Registration
  • On-site Registration and,
  • Facilitated Cohort Registration.

For On-Site Registration those who cannot self-register in advance can walk into the identified vaccination centre and get themselves registered on-site. Once this registration is done, they can get vaccinated.

For Facilitated Cohort Registration, the local administration will register for the beneficiaries.

How can I self-register for the Covid-19 vaccination?

The Co-WIN 2.0 portal or other IT applications such as the Aarogya Setu app can be used to register and book appointments for the vaccinations. This can be done remotely. The registration was opened at 09:00 AM on March 1st.

How to register? What are the documents required?

  • A person needs to register with his/her mobile number on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal.
  • Details such as name, date of birth (DoB), gender need to be filled up. Also a photo ID proof like Aadhar Card, Voter Card, Passport, Driving Licence, PAN Card or Pension Card needs to be uploaded.
  • Those over the age of 45 and have comorbidities have to select the relevant option. They will also be required to carry a medical certificate at the time of vaccination. The complete list of comorbidities can be viewed here.
  • Once this is done, the beneficiary receives a confirmation message.
  • A person can add up to three people linked to his/her mobile number by clicking on the “Add More” button.

How to I book an appointment for vaccination?

A beneficiary who has received the confirmation message can schedule an appointment from the ‘Account Details’ page by clicking on ‘schedule appointment’ on the portal.  Vaccination center can be chosen by State, District, Block and Pin Code from the available drop downs.

Once the beneficiary clicks on the center of choice, he/she gets the dates and checks for availability of slots. If a slot of their preference is available, they can click on the “Book” button. Once this is done, a “Appointment Confirmation” page is displayed. Click on the “Confirm” button after verifying your details. The scheduled appointment can be downloaded and saved.

What to do if there are no slots?

If there are no availability of slots or slots of your preference, then click on the button to check appointment slots for subsequent days/weeks. You may also try another vaccination center near you.

Can my appointment be rescheduled?

Yes. Once the appointment is fixed, it can be rescheduled at any time. But is has to be done before the vaccination appointment day.

Do I have to register again for my second dose?

No. Once the beneficiary has received the first dose, the appointment for the second dose will be scheduled automatically on the 29th day after the first dose. If the appointment for the first dose is canceled by the beneficiary, then the appointment for both the doses is canceled. If the beneficiary relocates to another city, the appointment can be rescheduled to the nearest vaccination center.

What are the documents that I need to carry to the vaccination center?

  • Appointment confirmation letter
  • Photo ID uploaded on the Co-Win portal at the time of registration
  • Medical certificate, if above the age of 45

What are the timings of COVID-19 Vaccination Center?

The slots will be open from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose.

Is registration and appointment required for private facilities?

Yes. Registration and an appointment is required for both the private as well as government hospitals.

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