New Delhi: The Central government has confirmed that the COVID-19 inoculation program, for those aged 18 and above is set to start on April 28 (Wednesday). Those above 18 years of age will be able to get vaccinated from May 1 in the third phase of vaccination, making all Indian adults eligible to receive the vaccine shot. Until now only people over 45 and frontline workers were being vaccinated against Covid-19.
Though everybody knows that there is a registration process for the vaccination, many of us have number of questions. The Bridge Chronicle has set of answers for all your FAQs related to the vaccination:
What are routes of registration?
There are three methods: Advance Self-Registration, On-site Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration. The On-Site Registration permits those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into the identified centre and get themselves registered on-site and then get vaccinated. For Facilitated Cohort Registration, the local administration will register for the beneficiaries.
How can I self-register?
People will be able to register and book appointments for inoculation, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or via the Aarogya Setu app.
What is the method to register and which documents are required?
An individual need to register with his or her mobile number via the Co-WIN 2.0 portal (can be accessed here - www.cowin.gov.in).
One must submit mandatory details such as name, DOB, gender and more. One must also upload a photo ID proof such as Aadhaar Card, voter card, passport, driving licence or PAN Card.
Once the registration process is done, the beneficiary receives a confirmation message. A person can add three more people linked with a same mobile number by selecting on the “Add More” button.
How to book an appointment?
Eligible beneficiaries can schedule an appointment from the 'Account Details' page by clicking on 'schedule appointment' on the website. You can search for the Vaccination Centre of choice by State, District and Pin Code from the portal.
The beneficiary needs to choose the Vaccination Centre of choice, to get the dates and check for availability of slots. If a chosen slot is available, they can click on the 'Book'. Then, an 'Appointment Confirmation' page will appear on the screen. Click the 'confirm' button after verifying your details for final confirmation on booking. The scheduled appointment can be downloaded and can be printed.
One has to register again for the second dose?
The person who has vaccinated with the first jab does not need to register another time. The beneficiary will be automatically scheduled for another appointment for the second dose at the same centre on the 29th day (from the first dose). If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled.
Can you reschedule your appointment?
Once the appointment is fixed, it can be rescheduled at any later phase, but before the vaccination appointment date. If you have moved to another city, appointments can be rescheduled for the nearest vaccination centre in that city.
Do we have a choice of vaccine to receive?
The vaccine will be supplied to various parts of the country as per availability and distribution plan, beneficiaries load and so at present the option of choice of vaccine is not available anywhere.
What precautions one needs to take after receiving the jab?
The Health Ministry has assured that both the vaccines are safe but in “case of any discomfort or complaint”, the beneficiaries are advised to visit the nearest health facility or call the health worker whose phone number is given in the CoWIN SMS received after vaccination.