The Government of India has started the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in India. In this 3rd phase, all Those Above 18 Years of Age Will be Eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine
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.
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.
There can be instances when you might have to reschedule your appointment. You can do so easily. However, note that you need to reschedule before the vaccination appointment day. To do this:
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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.
The vaccine is free at Government centres while at private hospitals, the price has been capped at Rs. 250 per dose.
On your date, when you arrive at the vaccination centre, once your details are verified, you will find three rooms. They are:
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.
As per the fact sheet of the health ministry, vaccine can’t be administered to:
Also, the vaccine must be administered with care to those who have a history of coagulation disorders or bleeding.
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.