CoWIN mobile app has been rolled out by the govt to help people register for COVID-19 vaccination

Registration for Covid-19 vaccination: As part of the vaccination campaign against the corona virus, common people will start getting vaccinated from Today. The mega Covid-19 vaccination drive has started from January 16 in India. The second phase of vaccination drive is all set to commence from 1st March 2021 at 9:00 am. Two Covid-19 vaccines have been approved by the Drug Control General of India (DCGI).

Covid-19 Vaccine
Covid-19 Vaccine

While the first phase of the Coronavirus vaccination drive focused on healthcare and frontline workers, the second phase would be dedicated to those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities. The Union Health Ministry said that any eligible person can register for getting the vaccine from anywhere and at any time. Vaccination will be done from 9 am to 3 pm.

Vaccination would be conducted across 10,000 designated government hospitals along with 20,000 private hospitals and vaccination centers. On the first day, around 25 lakh people registered on the Co-win portal and will be vaccinated in the next few days.

Covid-19 Vaccination
Covid-19 Vaccination

World’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive

CoWIN app download

CoWIN app 2.0 which can be downloaded for free on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store by filling out the required details for the process of registration. See full details on cowin.gov.in.

Who can get Covid-19 vaccination

People above 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities will be inoculated from tomorrow in a vaccination drive that will run for six weeks. According to the ministry, 60 years or those who will be 60 years of age on January 1, 2022, will also be eligible to be vaccinated. Similarly, a person suffering from any one of the 20 types of serious diseases and who is 45 to 59 years of age or by January 1, 2022, will also be eligible for vaccination.

Before vaccination beneficiary must be declared these things

The beneficiary should mention if he/she ever has had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after any drug, food, any vaccine, or from any other ingredients. Second, the beneficiary has to mention if he/she has a fever. Most importantly, has to mention if he/she has a bleeding disorder or is on a blood thinner. Fourth, he/she has to say if he/she is immunocompromised, or is on a medicine that affects the immune system.

Registration for Covid 19 vaccination

Here’s a step-by-step guide for registration and booking a vaccination appointment on CoWIN:

The registration process

  • People can register and book an appointment for vaccination either directly through the CoWIN portal or through the Arogya Setu app.
  • On CoWIN portal, enter your mobile number and click on the OTP (One Time Password). Enter the OTP received on your mobile and click on the verify button.
  • If registering through Arogya Setu app, go to the CoWIN tab, tap on the Vaccination tab and the click on Proceed.
  • A registration page will appear where you will need to fill in the beneficiary’s details, such as name, year of birth and gender. You will also need to enter the photo id type.
  • If the registration is meant for a senior citizen, click on Register. If it’s for a person with comorbidities, click on YES where the form asks, “Do you have any comorbidities (pre-existing medical conditions)”. The beneficiaries in this category need to carry a medical certificate when they go for their vaccine appointment.
  • Once registered, a confirmation message will be sent to your registered mobile number.
  • After registration, the system will show the “Account Details”. On this page, you can add three more beneficiaries by clicking on Add More button.
  • One person can add up to four people linked with one mobile number.
  • You can schedule an appointment by clicking on a calendar icon, below a column named Action.
  • You will then be taken to “Book Appointment for Vaccination” page where you will need to fill in the beneficiaries’ address details – State/UT, District, Block and Pincode. Click on the Search button once done.
  • A list of vaccination centers will appear based on the search criteria.
  • Upon choosing a center, the available slots (date and capacity) will be displayed.
  • After selection the dates, click on “Book”.
  • A confirmation page with “Appointment Successful” message will be displayed.
  • If you want to reschedule, you can again log in with your mobile number, enter OTP and make the changes by clicking on the edit icon below the ‘Action’ column against registered individuals. In case you have to move to another city, you can make changes to find the nearest vaccination center as well.

Here is the list of documents needed: 

  • Aadhar card
  • Driving License
  • PAN card
  • Bank or Post office passbooks
  • MGNREGA Job Card
  • Smart card for Health insurance issued by the Ministry of Labour & Employment.
  • The official id cards of the MPs/MLAs/MLCs.
  • Passport
  • Voter ID
  • Documents of Pension
  • ID cards of the central/state gov/public ltd employees

Covid-19 vaccine cost
While Covid-19 doses at the government hospitals are free, but at private hospitals it would be charged at the cost of Rs.250 per dose.

Who cannot get vaccinated?

The Health Ministry fact sheet says the vaccine cannot be given to three categories:

persons with a history of an allergic reaction to a previous dose of Covid-19 vaccine;

those with an allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, and food items;

pregnant and lactating women, and women who are not sure of their pregnancy.

The Centre has also specified three categories of temporary contraindications. For such people, vaccination is to be deferred for four-eight weeks after recovery. These categories are: persons having active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection; Covid-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-Cov-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma; and acutely unwell and hospitalized — with or without intensive care — patients due to “any illness”.

Here’s the latest user manual on COVID-19 vaccination on Scribd

Government has specified 20 comorbidities among people between 45 and 59 years who will get the vaccine. Read latest manual

According to the latest data by the Health Ministry, more than 1.56 crore people in the country have been vaccinated against the contagious virus.


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