Decoded: The Covid-19 Vaccination Process In India
As a robust second wave of novel coronavirus has already started hitting the country, it’s all the more important to get a shot of vaccine. Two of the vaccines, Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca) and Covaxin (Bharat Biotech), have already been approved by the government of India.
India’s vaccination drive began on 16th January 2021 with inoculating health workers. On 2nd February, frontline workers were vaccinated. The second stage started on 1st March, wherein senior citizens and people aged 45 with co-morbidity were inoculated. Currently, the drive is at its third stage, which began from 1st April, wherein people aged above 45 are being vaccinated.
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Vaccination Process In India
How to Register for Vaccination?
You have to register yourself at the CO-WIN portal and schedule your vaccination appointment.
Steps to Register At the CO-WIN Portal
- Log in to https://www.cowin.gov.in/home with your mobile number.
- After receiving an OTP on the registered mobile number, add the required details: Photo ID proof, Photo ID number, name, age, and gender,
- You can register up to 3 people from the same RMN.
- Fill in the required details for the other three: Photo ID, ID proof number, name, age, and gender.
- Choose your state, district, block, and pin code from the dropdown menu.
- Schedule your appointment at the nearest CVC (Covid Vaccination Centre).
- After choosing the CVC, you will be shown the dates and number of slots available on a particular day at the selected CVC. (you can also check the next week’s slots)
- After choosing the date and time slot, click ‘Book.’
- Verify your details once and click ‘Confirm.’
- The confirmation page will say ‘appointment successful.’
As soon as you schedule the appointment, an appointment confirmation SMS will be shared on the RMN. You can also download the appointment slip. Before booking the appointment, you will have an option to delete a member you registered.
Steps to Reschedule Your Vaccination Appointment
- You can cancel or reschedule your appointment any day before the vaccination appointment day.
- Login at https://www.cowin.gov.in/home with your RMN.
- Go to the ‘account details page and click on the ‘reschedule’ option.
- You will be directed to the ‘Book Appointment for Vaccination Page’, wherein you can select the revised date and center.
- Click ‘book’ to reschedule your appointment and then click ‘confirm.’
- After confirmation, an ‘appointment successful’ message will be displayed.
As soon as you reschedule the appointment, an appointment confirmation SMS will be shared on the RMN. You can also download the appointment slip.
Steps to Register For the Second Dose of Vaccine
- Log in to https://www.cowin.gov.in/home and navigate to the ‘Account Details’ page.
- Click on the ‘schedule’ button to book an appointment.
- Search for the nearest CVC by entering your district and pin code.
- Select the preferred CVC, date, and slot.
- Click on ‘confirm,’ and an ‘appointment successful’ message will be displayed.
You can also reschedule the second dose appointment by following the same steps as in the dose 1 appointment.
Is the Registration Process Mandatory?
Though some of the vaccination centers have walk-in facilities, registration on-site at the CO-WIN portal is mandatory.
How to Obtain the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate?
Beneficiaries will get a provisional certificate after the first dose. After completing the vaccination process, the beneficiary will get a QR code-based certificate on his/her RMN.
All the private hospitals operating as CVC can charge up to INR 250 per dose, but the covid-19 vaccination at government hospitals can be availed free of cost.
Who all are not Eligible to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?
- Any person who has experienced any allergic reaction to a previous dose of covid-19 vaccine or is allergic to vaccines, injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, or food items.
- Pregnant, lactating women or who are not sure of their pregnancy
- The vaccination is to be deferred for 4-8 weeks after recovery in case of: Any person having active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, or given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, or any person who is acutely unwell and hospitalised (with or without intensive care) due to any illness.
Is it Mandatory to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?
Currently, getting the vaccination is voluntary. However, The government of India has advised the citizens to get the covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure.
What to Expect After Being Vaccinated?
- A vaccinated person can expect fever and pain at the injection site. Side effects like chills and fatigue might also be expected, but there’s no reason to panic.
- There’s no scientific proof about how long the vaccine can protect you from the novel coronavirus, so one should continue to wear mask, sanitise their hands, and maintain social distancing even after being vaccinated.
- As per reports, the covid-19 vaccine is believed to protect you against the mutated virus as well.
- If beneficiary experiences any discomfort or they have any complaints, they can visit the nearest health facility or call the health worker whose phone number is shared with them in the CO-WIN SMS received after vaccination.
Source: All the above-mentioned information has been taken from the official website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.