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COVID-19 Vaccination for 18+ adult Indians begins on May 1: How to register

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The Indian government has announced phase 3 vaccination in the country amid a steep jump in COVID-19 cases. All citizens over the age of 18 will be entitled to vaccination from 1 May. Currently, only citizens over the age of 45 are allowed to get the vaccine. The latest cases in India are 2.94 lakh, the second highest in the world. Users must register for the vaccine online before heading to hospitals and firing their first shot.

MyGovIndia announced on Twitter that Phase 3 will begin on May 1, and vaccination registrations will begin soon through the CoWIN platform and the Aarogya Setu app. There is no application for the CoWIN site and registrations can only be made through the website. The government is likely to open registrations before May 1 to make the ball roll in advance. At the time of writing, the registration process is still restricted to users over the age of 45, but this should soon be extended to all users over the age of 18.

How do I register online for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Once the registration process for phase 3 has started, users can refer to the CoWIN portal and the Aargya Setu application to register for the vaccine. The vaccination device currently offers two COVID-19 vaccines – Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and Covishield, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). Users can search for nearby vaccination centers with help our guide here. To register, follow the steps mentioned below.

Registration process through the CoWIN portal

  1. Enter your mobile number, click on Take OTP. OTP must arrive on your phone. Enter the numbers on the site and click Check.

  2. On the Vaccination Register page, enter all the details, including proof of identity with a photo, name, gender and year of birth. Click on I’m registering.

  3. Once you register, you will get the option to schedule an appointment, click Schedule to the name of the registered person.

  4. Enter your PIN and press Search. The centers in the PIN will appear, select a date and time, and click Confirm.

  5. You can add up to four members in one entry. It’s easy to reschedule your appointment; the process is similar to the way you plan it.

Registration process through the Aarogya Setu app

  1. Go to the Aarogya Setu app> Click CoWIN on the home screen

  2. Choose Vaccination registration > Enter Phone number > Enter OTP

  3. Click on Check > You will be directed to Vaccination registration page

  4. Follow the same steps as mentioned in the CoWIN Registration Process Guide.

Each citizen must make two shots of the vaccine. The CoWIN portal says that the second dose of Covaxin should be taken between 28 days and 42 days after the first dose. The second dose of Covishield should be taken between 28 days and 56 days after the first dose.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting experience includes smartphones, wearables, applications, social media and the entire technology industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecommunications sector. Tasneem can be reached on @MuteRiot’s Twitter, and potential customers, tips and messages can be sent to [email protected]
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