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CoWIN registration for 18-44 age group open, but unable to secure a spot? Here's why and other questions answered

Here's a quick guide on the CoWIN registration process, if you can choose between COVID-19 vaccines and more.

April 28, 2021 / 03:52 PM IST
All adults across India will be able to get COVID-19 vaccine from May 1 (File image)

All adults across India will be able to get COVID-19 vaccine from May 1 (File image)

The Centre has expanded the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive to include all citizens above the age of 18 with or without comorbidities. The third phase of the inoculation exercise will begin on May 1.

For this, the registration of people in the 18-44 age group starts at 4 pm on April 28.

The central government also announced on April 19 that it had liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.

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Here's a quick guide on how to register using the CoWIN portal, if you can choose between the two available vaccines and more.

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Where to register in this phase?

Registration on the CoWIN portal is mandatory for the 18-44 age group. No walk-in facilities will be available for this group initially.

However, those aged 45 years and above will continue to enjoy the on-site registration facility.

How can I self-register?

Citizens will be able to register and book appointments for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN portal.

How to register and what documents are required?

A person needs to register with his or her mobile number on the CoWIN portal (can be accessed here - www.cowin.gov.in).

They need to fill details like name, date of birth, gender, upload a photo ID proof like Aadhaar Card, Voter Card, Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Pension Card.

Once the registration process is completed successfully, the beneficiary receives a confirmation message.

How to book an appointment?

Eligible beneficiaries can schedule an appointment from the 'Account Details' page by clicking on 'schedule appointment' on the portal. You can search for the Vaccination Centre of choice by State, District, Block and Pin Code from the drop downs.

The beneficiary needs to click on the Vaccination Centre of choice, to get the dates and check for availability of slots. If a preferred slot is available, they can click on the 'Book' button. Then, an 'Appointment Confirmation' page will be displayed. Click on the 'confirm' button after verifying your details for final confirmation on booking. The scheduled appointment can be downloaded and saved.

It is possible that people may not immediately get an appointment as the states are still figuring out the logistics of the massive exercise. States are expected to put out additional details soon.

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What should I do if there are no slots?

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

 

What about my second dose? Do I have to register again?

No. Once vaccinated for the first dose, the beneficiary will be automatically scheduled for another appointment for the second dose at the same centre. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled. In case the user has moved to another city, appointments can be rescheduled for the nearest vaccination centre in that city.

The government had earlier revised the gap between the two doses for the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, to six-eight weeks. However, the interval for the second dose of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin remains unchanged.

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

In addition to the appointment confirmation letter, a person must carry the photo ID listed on the CoWIN portal at the time of taking the vaccination.

Do I need to register and get an appointment only for private facilities?

Registration and an appointment needs to be taken for both the private as well as government hospitals, as things stand.

Is there any option to select between Covishield and Covaxin?

There's currently no such option provided on the Co-WIN platform.

Some of these guidelines are subject to changes when the next vaccination phase on May 1.

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Viswanath Pilla is a business journalist with 14 years of reporting experience. Based in Mumbai, Pilla covers pharma, healthcare and infrastructure sectors for Moneycontrol.
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