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COVID-19 vaccination guide: How to register, book appointment on Co-WIN portal and other key points

Here's a quick guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination using the Co-WIN portal, if you can choose between the two available vaccines and how much you'll need to pay

March 01, 2021 / 06:34 PM IST

The central government has expanded the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive to include all citizens above the age of 60 and those over age 45 with comorbidities. The inoculation of these groups began on March 1.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 70, took his first jab at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to begin this phase of the vaccination drive.

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Here's a quick guide on how to get registered using the Co-WIN portal, if you can choose between the two available vaccines and how much you'll need to pay.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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You can register via three routes: Advance Self-Registration, On-site Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration. The On-Site Registration allows those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into the identified vaccination 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?

Citizens will be able to register and book appointments for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as the Aarogya Setu app. The registration opened at 9.00 am on March 1. However, some users complained of minor glitches.

How to register and what documents are required?

A person needs to register with his or her mobile number on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal (can be accessed here -

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.

Those above 45 years of age who have comorbidities have to select the relevant option as per the case. They will have to carry a medical certificate at the time of vaccination. The full list of these comorbities can be found here.

Once the registration process is completed successfully, the beneficiary receives a confirmation message. A person can add three more people linked with this mobile number by clicking 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 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.

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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.

Can I reschedule my appointment?

Yes. Once the appointment is fixed, it can be rescheduled at any later stage, but before the vaccination appointment day. 

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 on the 29th day after the first dose. 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.

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 Co-WIN 2.0 portal at the time of taking the vaccination. Those above 45 years and have comorbidities, will have to carry a medical certificate at the time of vaccination. 

Timings of COVID-19 Vaccination Centre?

There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID-19 Vaccination Center will close at 3.00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.  For example, for March 1, the slots will remain open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.

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.

How much will one be charged for the vaccination?

All vaccines provided to beneficiaries at the government health facilities will be free of cost. However, private facilities cannot charge a beneficiary a total above Rs 250 per person per dose.

Is there any option to select between Covishield and Covaxin?

No such option has been provided on the Co-WIN platform at the moment.

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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.
first published: Mar 1, 2021 10:56 am