How to register on Co-Win portal for COVID vaccination?
The fourth phase for the COVID-19 vaccination has begun already in India and this time, the target group is extremely larger. With the registrations opening on April 28 for all the members of the 18 to 44 age group, here is how you can register for the vaccination.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive in India started off on January 16, 2021. The first phase was dedicated to the frontline workers and healthcare workers. Phase 2 was designated for the elderly above the age of 60 and those above 45 years if they had any comorbidities. Phase 3 was for all the population above the age of 45 without any preconditions.
With effect from May 1, 2021 - the fourth phase has begun and covers the entire population of 18 to 44 (apart from the 45+ age group which is already eligible). Getting the vaccine early can help you stay safe from the COVID-19 pandemic and can also stop you from spreading the virus.
What is Co-Win Portal?
Co-Win is a vaccination portal launched to vaccinate the people of India against the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal was developed in January 2021 and is designed to provide a centralized platform for vaccinating every eligible group.
The Co-Win platform lets the people of India register themselves for the vaccination and schedule their vaccination as or their preferences and available slots. You can schedule your vaccination at your nearest vaccination center. The Co-Win portal also provides you access to getting your vaccination certificate once you are vaccinated.
How to register on Co-Win Portal?
The steps involved for registering on Co-Win portal would include the following steps -
Please note that you can even register yourself on Umang App or Arogya Setu app as well.
What documents would you need for registering on the Co-Win portal?
While Aadhaar Card is one of the most common document formats used for registering yourself on the Co-Win portal (or even Arogya Setu or Umang), there are a few of other options like PAN card, driving license or the electoral ID card that you can opt for.
The list of supported documents would include -
I have registered on Co-Win. What to do next?
While more than 1.32 Crore people reportedly registered themselves on the Co-Win platform on the day One between the age group 18 and 44, only a few lucky from them were able to get the appointment for the shot. So, let us say, you have already registered and what to do next?
Since the vaccination is for a larger audience, it has been decided to make registration and vaccination slots compulsory for the eligible population. As per the Union health and family welfare ministry information -
Following online registration, beneficiaries will receive SMS on their registered mobile number about the due date, place, and time of vaccination.
Unlike for the age group above 45 years, vaccination will only be through appointment. There is no other way of getting vaccinated other than registering and scheduling an appointment.
As per the information available on the Arogya Setu app,
"You can book an appointment for vaccination through Cowin portal after logging in to Cowin portal through your registered mobile number. The system will show vaccination centers that allow vaccination as per the age of the citizens entered in the registration portal."
You can look for the nearest location for vaccination on the Arogya Setu app or the Co-Win portal using the PIN code for your preferred location. Once you have booked an appointment for vaccination, you will receive the SMS on your registered number along with the details of the location, date, and time for vaccination.
Do note that the government will provide you with the options for vaccination slots based on the availability of the doses and other parameters. As things stand as of now, the age group 45+ and above 60 will be a priority option. The age group 18 to 44 will perhaps need to wait a little more to get the vaccines.
Anything else you need to know?
The nation may not have enough vaccine doses for covering a larger population of 18 to 44 years of age group. The vaccination of the 45+ years age group will remain a priority group in the days to come. Of course, the 18 to 44 age group will, however, not be left aside. You will be covered, but there would be special slots created and communicate to you.
Do register and keep checking out for the scheduled vaccination availability as per your requirements. Get vaccinated a soon as the vaccination schedule is available for you.
A few factors you can focus on can include
The Final Wrap Up
Getting vaccinated is extremely important in the current scenario and the decision of the government in opening up the vaccination for the lower age group can prove to be one of the highly thoughtful options ever. Make the best out of your eligibility and get the vaccination right away.