CoWIN 3.0 aka the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive will kickstart in the country from May 1st. In the third phase, anyone who is above the age of 18 can register to get vaccinated. The government of India — through its citizen engagement platform MyGovIndia — has announced that the CoWIN platform will be ready for 18+ beneficiaries from April 24th with registrations starting from April 28th.
To get registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, individuals have to register themselves on the CoWIN portal. As part of the ‘liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of Covid-19 vaccination’, anyone above 18 years of age can get vaccinated now, whereas the earlier age limit was 45. Here’s everything you need to know.
CoWIN 3.0: what is it?
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 18 can register for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 28th.
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.
- Go to the CoWIN portal
- Register or sign in using your mobile number and OTP
- Provide your ID proof details, name, gender, and year of birth
- Click on register
- The system will show the “Account Details”
- On the Account Details page, you can further add three more people by click on the “Add More” button
- Once you’ve added additional people, click on ‘Schedule appointment’
- Enter your pincode
- Click ‘Search’ to find the nearest vaccination center
- Choose your preferred center to see the date and availability
- Pick your preferred date and time slot
- 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 on Aarogya Setu app?
If you have the Aarogya Setup app on your smartphone, you can follow the below steps to get registered for the vaccine.
- Open the Aarogya Setu app on your smartphone
- Click on the ‘CoWIN’ tap on the homepage
- You’ll see four options – Vaccine Information, Vaccination, Vaccination Certificate, and Vaccination Dashboard
- Tap on the “Vaccination” tab and then Enter your mobile number
- Click on “Proceed to verify”
- Enter the OTP and again tap “Proceed to verify”
- You’ll be asked to select a photo ID type, photo ID number, name, gender and year of birth on the next page
- You’ll then be asked to upload the proof of eligibility
- You can then check for vaccination sites by state, district, block and pin code
- The app will display the date and availability for your preferred vaccination site
- Click on the ‘Book’ button
- You will receive an SMS with vaccination appointment details
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.
However, the government of India has restricted walk-in vaccination for the 18-45 years age group to prevent crowding at the vaccination center. For those between 18 and 45 years of age, online registration on the CoWIN platform or Aarogya Setu app is mandatory.
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
- Open the CoWIN portal login page
- Enter the mobile number with which you registered
- Do the OTP verification
- Click on the calendar icon under the Action column
- 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.
- Download MapmyIndia app or visit MapmyIndia website or CoWIN portal
- In the search box, press current location or enter your address
- Click search / vaccination centres
- You will see the nearest vaccination centers to you
- 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.
- Heart failure with hospital admission in the past year
- Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
- Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40 percent)
- Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease
- Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
- Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
- Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment
- CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
- Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
- Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment
- Kidney/Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list
- End-stage Kidney Disease on hemodialysis/ CAPD
- Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications
- Decompensated cirrhosis
- Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI <50 percent
- Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
- Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020, or currently on any cancer therapy
- Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
- Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
- 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?
In the third phase of the vaccination drive, the government of India has asked the vaccine manufacturers to supply 50 percent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and the remaining 50 percent to state governments as well as the open market. For the latter, manufacturers will have to make an advance declaration of the price before May 1st, 2021.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) has already announced the price of its Covishield vaccines. According to SII, the vaccine will cost Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals. On the other hand, Bharat Biotech has priced Covaxin at Rs 600 per dose for state governments and Rs 1,200 for private hospitals.
The vaccine will continue to be free for the eligible population including Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.