If you are an eligible candidate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in this phase, this blog will tell you the entire registration process and things you need to do to get inoculated. Let’s get started.
Where to Register?
You can register yourself in this phase of vaccination in two ways. You can register either through the Co-Win portal or Aarogya Setu app. It must be noted that on-spot registration is also available where you can directly visit a Covid Vaccination Centre (CVC) with the required documents, get yourself registered, and take the first shot.
You need to enter your mobile number, click on “Get OTP” following which you will receive an OTP on your phone. Enter it and click on “Verify”.
Once you do so, a registration page will appear where you need to fill up your details such as name, gender, and date of birth, among others. You also need to enter the photo ID proof, which could be Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, a Driving License, a Voter ID Card, etc. Note that you need to carry this ID proof to the vaccination centre.
You will then be asked if you have comorbidities or not. You need to answer it by clicking on either “Yes” or “No”. If you have a comorbidity, then you need to upload a doctor’s certificate for the same.
Once you fill up these details, click on the “Register” button.
Upon doing so, you will receive a confirmation message on your registered mobile number.
After registration, the portal will show “Account Details.” This page gives you the option of adding three more beneficiaries by clicking on the “Add More” button.
You can now schedule your appointment by clicking on the “calendar” icon. This icon is present under the column “Action.”
Once you do so, you will be taken to the “Book Appointment for Vaccination” Page, where you need to fill up details of where you live to get the list of CVCs.
Based on the details filled in, the list of vaccination centres will appear from where you need to choose a centre.
Download/update the Aarogya Setu app and make sure it correctly displays your COVID status.
Tap the icon “CoWin” on the app’s home page and select “Vaccination”.
Complete your mobile and identity verification by filling up the personal details such as name, age, gender, etc. Also, select the ID proof that you will bring to the vaccination centre.
Next, you have to submit proof of eligibility. If you are aged between 45-59 and have co-morbidity, upload the certificate for the same.
Select the CVC by state, district, pincode, date and availability and click on “Book”.
Upon successful registration, you will receive an SMS with the appointment details.
While the registration process in both Co-Win and Aarogya Setu is more or less the same, note that you can’t choose the vaccine for inoculation. Currently, two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, have been approved for use in India.
Cost of Vaccination
The vaccine is free at Government centres while at private hospitals, the price has been capped at Rs. 250 per dose.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the Vaccination Centre?
On your date, when you arrive at the vaccination centre, once your details are verified, you will find three rooms. They are:
Waiting Room – You need to wait for your turn for vaccination in this room.
Vaccine Room – You will be administered the COVID-19 vaccine in this room.
Note that you need to take two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to build immunity against the virus. Once you have received the first dose, you will get an appointment for the second dose at the same centre. However, if you have moved to another city by the time the second dose is administered, you can reschedule the appointment to the nearest vaccination facility in that city.
Also, the second dose will be of the same vaccine that has been given to you. Interchanging vaccines is not permissible. For instance, if you have received Covaxin’s first shot, the second shot will be of Covaxin and not Covishield. Similarly, if the first shot of Covishield, the second one too will also be of this vaccine and not Covaxin.
Who Can’t Get Vaccinated?
As per the fact sheet of the health ministry, vaccine can’t be administered to:
Those with an allergic reaction to pharma products, food items and injectable therapies.
Pregnant and lactating women and those who aren’t sure of their pregnancy.
Also, the vaccine must be administered with care to those who have a history of coagulation disorders or bleeding.
Common Side Effects of the Vaccine
There are certain side effects that you can experience after taking the vaccine. However, note that these are pretty common and there’s nothing to panic. After taking the vaccine, you are likely to experience:
Also, the arm in which you have received the vaccine may experience some swelling or pain. As per suggestions, you can use a wet cloth to relax the swelling. Drink plenty of fluids and wear light clothes to reduce the burden on your body.
However, if the swelling or pain refuses to go away and side effects continue to persist for long, do consult your doctor.
As evident, registering for vaccination is pretty easy and straightforward. You can do so with ease at your convenience. Having said that, it’s equally important not to be lax even after you have taken the vaccine. It must be noted that COVID cases are once again surging and therefore, you must continue to practice hygiene measures as followed during the initial days of the pandemic.
So, while going out in public, always wear a mask and keep cleaning your hands regularly with soaps or an alcohol-based sanitiser. Avoid crowds and gatherings as much as possible. At the same time, co-operate with health care professionals at the vaccine site for smooth inoculation.
Remember that while the vaccine will play its part in keeping you safe from coronavirus, your habits regarding following COVID-protocols will play even a bigger role in mitigating the threat.