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No Walk-in vax from May 1, all under 18-45 age group required to register on CoWIN/Aarogya Setu

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As India gears up to rage war against deadly coronavirus from May 1, the government urges all Indian adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccination to register themselves on the government’s Co-WIN portal, ‘cowin.gov.in’, or the on ‘Aarogya Setu app’ to get an appointment for the jab, which will be mandatory for those between 18 and 45 years, health ministry official said.

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“It’s expected that once the vaccination is opened for all adults, there could be a lot of crowd at the vaccination centers. To avoid such a scenorio registering on CoWIN portal and making an appointment to get a vaccine will be made mandatory for the new beneficiaries. Walks-in will not be allowed in the beginning so that there is no chaos,” RS Sharma, CoWin Chief told News18.

Registration for vaccination for all those aged above 18 will begin on the CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu App from April 28. The inoculation process as well as documents to be provided to get the vaccination, will remain the same.

Those above the age of 45 can still avail on-site registration facility to get vaccinated, they added.

Meanwhile, the centre has written to all states and has advised them to monitor the number of hospitals that have procured vaccines and have declared stocks and price per jab on CoWIN to ensure that adequate stocks are available ahead of vaccination scheduling visibility of slots on the online portal.

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As per the liberalised pricing and accelerated national Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy, vaccinations will continue to be free for eligible groups comprising healthcare workers, frontline workers and population above 45 years of age in government-run vaccination centres that receive doses from the Centre.

So far, only those over 45 and frontline workers were administered vaccination against Covid-19.

Taking to Twitter, MyGovIndia asserted that phase 3 will begin on May 1, and registrations for vaccination will begin soon through the CoWIN platform and the Aarogya Setu app. There is no app for the CoWIN site, and registrations can only be done through the website.

The vaccination process and documents to be submitted to get the jab remains the same.

Know how to register for Covid vaccine online

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First of all beneficiaries need to register for the Covid-19 vaccine online before heading to the hospitals and getting their first dose. Once the registration process for phase 3 begins, users can head to the CoWIN portal and Aargya Setu app to register for the Covid-19 vaccine. To register, check the steps mentioned below:

Registration through CoWIN portal

-Visit the CoWIN website > click on Register/Sign in Yourself option

-Fill in your mobile number > select Get OTP

-An OTP would arrive on your cellphone > type the digits on the site > click on Verify.

-On the Register for Vaccination page, put all the details, including photo ID proof, name, gender, and year of birth. Click on Register.

-Once registered, you will get the option to schedule an appointment, Click on Schedule next to the name of the person registered.

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-Enter your pin code and hit Search.

-The centres in the pin code will show up, select the date and time and click on Confirm.

-To note, you can add up to four members through one login. It is easy to reschedule your appointment; the process is similar to how you schedule it.

Registration through Aarogya Setu app

-Open the Aarogya Setu app > click on CoWIN tab on the home screen

-Select Vaccination Registration > enter phone number > enter OTP

-Click on Verify, you will be directed to the Registration of Vaccination page

-Follow the same steps as mentioned in the ‘Process for registration through CoWIN portal’ guide.

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Notably, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam have so far announced that they will provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all adults above 18. Other states such as Rajasthan have urged the Centre to provide free vaccines for all.

The vaccination drive currently offers two Covid vaccines – ‘Covaxin’, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and ‘Covishield’, developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca and is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

A third vaccine ‘Sputnik V’, developed in Russia and to be imported and sold in India by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, has also been given nod by the Indian drug regulator.

Price for ‘Covishield’ vaccine

The Serum Institute has pegged price for its Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ at ₹400 a shot to state governments and ₹600 to private hospitals.

The Pune-based company will sell ‘Covishield’ doses to Centre at ₹400 per dose once the current purchase order ends.

It is to be mentioned that, earlier the Centre used to get it at ₹150 each, making it the cheapest available option if one gets a shot from a government hospital.

On Thursday, India reported a record-breaking 3,14,835 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1,59,30,965. It was for the very first time, 2,104 deaths were recorded in the country.

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