After much waiting finally, the Indian government has started on the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Where in the first phase the essential workers like health and other frontline workers were given the vaccine, the second phase is now about the senior citizens.
Now, senior citizens, that is citizens who are above the age of 60 years along with people of the age 45 and above who have comorbidities can get themselves registered on the list to get vaccinated.
The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA) have both uploaded user guides on their respective websites, detailing how people can get themselves registered for the vaccine.
Since this deals with the elderly, while there are on-site registrations available, as not everyone might be tech-savvy, there is also the option to self-register through the CoWIN portal on the Aarogya Setu app.
How Do Register Senior Citizens For The COVID-19 Vaccination Registration?
One thing that needs to be cleared up first is the misinformation being spread of here being a specific CoWIN app through which people have to register themselves.
While surely there is a CoWIN app on the Google Play Store, however, that is only for administrators and common citizens cannot use it.
The Health Ministry issued a clarification stating, “Registration and booking for appointment for COVID vaccination is done through CoWIN portal cowin.gov.in. There is no CoWin App for beneficiary registration. The app on Play Store is for administrators only.”
The Ministry also said that, “From March 1, the slots will be open from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., and the appointments can be booked any time before 3 p.m., subject to availability.”
The vaccine although being offered for free at government COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs), is being given at a capped price of ₹250 per dose at private hospitals and centres.
Authorities have also clarified that the person getting the vaccine cannot choose out of the two approved vaccines for use in India, Covishield and Covaxin.
There are three modes of registration at the time:
- advance self-registration,
- on-site registration and
- facilitated cohort registration
Currently, there are two ways that citizens can register themselves for the COVID vaccine registrations.
The Indian government has given an upgrade to the previous CoWIN digital platform that real-time monitored the delivery COVID-19 vaccine. It has now been changed to CoWIN 2.0 and through it, citizens over 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities can register
The site is http://www.cowin.gov.in and registrations are open from 9 am to 3 pm every day from March 1st 2021.
The schedule for the registered people to get their COVID-19 vaccination though will depend on the availability of vaccine doses.
Via CoWIN Tab on Aarogya Setu App
While the CoWIN app itself might not be usable for common citizens, there is a CoWIN tab on the official Aarogya Setu app.
The steps to register whether on the site or the app are as follows:
1. Go to the www.cowin.gov.in site or the Aarogya Setu app.
2. Click on the ‘Register Yourself’ option on the site or if using the app go to the CoWIN tab and select the ‘Vaccination’ option. Click ‘Proceed’.
3. Enter your mobile number and press the option of ‘Get OTP (One Time Password)’.
4. Enter the OTP sent as an SMS to the given number and then select the ‘Verify’ button.
5. Once that is done you will be taken to the “Registration of Vaccination” page.
6. Enter the information as requested which would be Photo ID proof, Driving License Number, Name, Gender, Birth Year, and any comorbidities you might have. Click on ‘Register’ after it is all filled out.
The beneficiary will then be registered for the COVID vaccine registration once this is all done.
Apparently, this process can also be used in the next phase whenever it starts.
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