Representational image. AP
Representational image. AP

India has begun inoculating its elderly citizens against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive on Monday. In this phase, people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 years who are in the high-risk category will be administered the jab.

The latest version of the Co-Win application, which forms the backbone of India’s immunization campaign, will be open to people for registration starting at 9 am. Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for getting the vaccine, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-Win 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu, etc., the Union ministry of health and family welfare said in a statement.

Here is all you need to know about phase 2 of India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive:

Eligibility

People who are above the age of 60 and people within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years of specified co-morbidities are allowed to take Covid-19 vaccine shots.

The gorvenment has released a list of 20 comorbidities that are covered for vaccination.

Here is the list of 20 comorbidities:

1, Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year.

2, Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assit Device

3, Significant left Ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF<40%)

4, Moderate of Severe Valvular Heart Disease

5, Congential heart disease with severe PAH of Idopathic PAH

6, Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment.

7, Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment

8, CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment.

9, Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment

10. Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment.

11, Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list

12, End stage Kidney Disease or haemodialysis/ CAPD

13, Current prolonged use of corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications

14, Decompensated cirrhosis

15, Severe repisratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI<50%

16, Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma

17, Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020 or currently on any cancer therapy

18, Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major

19, Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection

20, Person with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of repisratory system/ Persons with disabilities having hign support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness

How to register

Follow these steps to register on the CoWIN portal:

Citizens can go to http://www.cowin.gov.in to register themselves or via the Aarogya Setu app, which has CoWIN app integration. There is no CoWIN app on the Play Store for registration as the app is for administrators only. The registrations opened at 9 AM on March 1 and will be open till 3 PM every day. The availability of slots nearby to get vaccinated is subject to availability.

# Open Aarogya Setu or Cowin.gov.in website.

# Enter your mobile number and click on the OTP (One Time Password). Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click on the verify button.

Enter the mobile number on the cowin website.

# In Aarogya Setu app, go to the CoWin tab, and tap on the Vaccination tab. Tap on Proceed.

# Now, a registration page will appear where you will need to enter the photo ID type, number and your full name on it. You also need to enter the gender and age of the person. For example, you can use a Driving License, Aadhaar Card as photo ID proof.

# If the person you are registering for is a senior citizen, click on the register button. If you are registering a person with comorbidities, you have to click on yes when it asks “Do you have any comorbidities (pre-existing medical conditions)”. People age between 45 years to 60 years will need to carry a medical certificate when they go for the appointment. Once registered, a confirmation message will be sent to the registered mobile number.

# After the registration process, the system will display account details. One person can add four more people linked to the mobile number entered before. You can click on the ‘Add button’ and enter the details of other individuals to register for them as well.

# In front of the registered names’ account details you will see a column named “Action”. Below it, you will see a calendar icon, click on it to schedule an appointment.

# You will be taken to “Book Appointment for Vaccination” page. Now, enter details like State/UT, District, Block and Pincode. Once all these details are entered, click on the “Search” button.

# A list of vaccination centres will appear depending on your location. You can choose one of them and then see the vaccination dates available at these centres. If there are choices of slots and dates available, you can choose one at your convenience. You can also choose dates from the next week and then click on the “Book” option.

# An “Appointment Confirmation” page will open showing the details of the booking. You can either click on “Confirm” if the information is correct or click on “Back” to make some changes.

# In the end, an “Appointment Successful” page will appear showing all the details. You can download and save the confirmation of the vaccination details.

# If you want to reschedule your appointment due to some unforeseen circumstances, you can 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 centre as well.

Cost of vaccination

The vaccination is free at the government facilities and paid at private facilities.

The government has capped the price of Covid vaccines at private hospitals at Rs 250 per dose.

Where can you get vaccinated?

The government has said that around 10,000 private hospitals impaneled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under CGHS and other private hospitals under states are being involved to ramp up vaccination capacity.

The health ministry has come out with two lists of private hospitals impaneled for Covid vaccinations.

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