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CoWIN 2.0: how to register for COVID-19 vaccine, price, eligibility, and more

On: March 1, 2021

The Government of India has begun the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country with PM Narendra Modi receiving the first vaccine. So far, over 1.5 crore individuals have received the vaccine in the country, and in the second round, the government intends to cover over 10 crore people across the country. To get registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, individuals have to register themselves on the CoWIN portal.

Also read: CoWIN app: how to register for COVID-19 vaccine, required documents and more

Individuals can register for a vaccination session, select a vaccination centre, book a slot, and reschedule vaccination on the CoWIN portal. The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA) have put up a detailed guide on citizen registration and appointment for vaccination, on their websites. Here’s everything you need to know.

CoWIN 2.0: what is it?

Government is conducting the second COVID-19 vaccination drive in India

The government is conducting the second COVID-19 vaccination drive in India

The CoWIN portal and app have been launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The platform is designed to effectively roll out and scale up the mechanism for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution system.

Who can register for COVID-19 vaccination?

Individuals above the age of 45 can register for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 1st.

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine on CoWIN portal?

The process of signing up for the COVID-19 vaccination is quite simple. You have to follow the below steps to get yourself registered.

  1. Go to the CoWIN portal
  2. Register or sign in using your mobile number and OTP
  3. Provide your ID proof details, name, gender, and year of birth
  4. Click on register
  5. The system will show the “Account Details”
  6. On the Account Details page, you can further add three more people by click on the “Add More” button
  7. Once you’ve added additional people, click on ‘Schedule appointment’
  8. Enter your pincode
  9. Click ‘Search’ to find the nearest vaccination center
  10. Choose your preferred center to see the date and availability
  11. Pick your preferred date and time slot
  12. Click on the ‘Book’ button

On successful completion of booking, you’ll receive an SMS on the registered mobile number. That confirmation details will have to be shown at the vaccination center.

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine offline?

For people who are unable to complete the registration process online, there’s a provision to do so easily. Such users can directly visit the nearest vaccination center with required documents and get themselves registered. Those over the age of 60 can simply carry their government ID proof.

How to reschedule the vaccination date on CoWIN portal?

Individuals can reschedule the vaccination appointment anytime from the CoWIN portal but before the vaccination appointment date. Below are the steps to reschedule your vaccination date

  1. Open the CoWIN portal login page
  2. Enter the mobile number with which you registered
  3. Do the OTP verification
  4. Click on the calendar icon under the Action column
  5. Select a new slot

How to search for nearby COVID-19 vaccination centres?

When you register for the COVID-19 vaccination on the CoWIN portal online, the website itself will show you the nearest vaccination center based on the state, district, block, and pincode provided by you. The feature is powered by MapmyIndia, the Indian navigation app.

  1. Download MapmyIndia app or visit MapmyIndia website or CoWIN portal
  2. In the search box, press current location or enter your address
  3. Click search / vaccination centres
  4. You will see the nearest vaccination centers to you
  5. You can click on ‘Get Directions’ to further get exact turn-by-turn directions to the center

List of comorbidities for COVID-19 vaccine

Below is the list of comorbidities released by the government.

  1. Heart failure with hospital admission in the past year
  2. Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  3. Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40 percent)
  4. Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease
  5. Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
  6.  Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  7. Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment
  8. CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  9. Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  10. Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment
  11. Kidney/Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list
  12. End-stage Kidney Disease on hemodialysis/ CAPD
  13. Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications
  14. Decompensated cirrhosis
  15. Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI <50 percent
  16. Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
  17. Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020, or currently on any cancer therapy
  18. Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
  19. Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
  20. Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with the involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness.

What is the price of COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination can be done free of cost at the government facilities. However, those opting to get it done from private facilities will have to pay Rs 250 per dose.

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