The government of India on Sunday launched a user manual that details how people can register themselves for COVID-19 vaccination in India via the Co-WIN portal and app. Along with the manual, the government also announced the second phase of vaccination int the country. The second phase will begin on March 1.
“The exemplary groundwork and precaution advisory by the government has helped in containing the spread of the virus in our country,” the centre said in the introduction to the user manual.
For the unaware, the Co-WIN portal/app is a facility of the Indian government on which people can register themselves for COVID-19 vaccination. Once you have registered yourself, the government or hospitals will reach out to you with details like where and at what hospital you need to appear for vaccination.
The registration on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal will open at 9 am tomorrow, the government said. See cowin.gov.in for details
The portal has a list of over 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY and more than 600 hospitals under the CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under state schemes.
The vaccine, as per the reports, will be given free at government hospitals, however, private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose.
Meanwhile, the second phase of vaccination, which is to start from tomorrow, will focus on people above 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities. The second phase will last for six weeks.
All private health facilities that will serve as the government’s vaccination centres must follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety, including integration with the national CoWIN technology platform.
The Co-WIN app, at the time of writing this story, is only available for android users and not iOS users.