As India prepares to immunise individuals over 60 years of age and those over 45 years of age with COVID-19 comorbidities from March 1, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday that on-site registration facilities will be available so that qualified beneficiaries can join, register and be inoculated in established vaccination centres.
Beneficiaries will be able to self-register ahead of time by installing the Co-WIN 2.0 portal and using other IT apps like Arogya Setu, which will list the private and government hospitals that are serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres along with the time and date of the applicable schedules.
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“The new phase of age-appropriate groups will expand the COVID-19 vaccination in the country manifold. With a citizen-centric approach, the fundamental shift in this phase is that citizens in the identified age groups, as also those healthcare and frontline workers who have been missed out or left out of the present phase, can select centres of their choice,” it said.
“Secondly, the private sector hospitals will be involved as COVID-19 vaccination centres to harness their potential to expand the vaccination capacities”. It stated.
Regardless of the method of entry, all applicants will be required to carry one of the mentioned photo ID documents: Electoral Photo Identification Card (EPIC), Aadhar Card, Photo ID card mentioned at the time of registration in case of online registration (if not Aadhar or EPIC), certificate of co-morbidity for people aged 45 to 59 years (signed by a medical professional), employment certificate / Registered Identity Card (either but with photo and date of birth) for HCWs and FLWs.
“This will show the government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres with the date and time of the available schedules. The beneficiary would be able to choose the COVID-19 centre for the vaccine of his/her choice and book an appointment for vaccination,” the ministry said.
“The facility of on-site registration allows those who cannot self-register in advance to walk into the identified COVID-19 vaccination centres and get themselves registered on-site and then vaccinated,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Under all the above three routes, all beneficiaries would be captured on Co-WIN 2.0 platform and would be issued digital QR Code based provisional (on receiving the first dose) and final (on receiving the second dose) certificates.
“These can be downloaded from the link shown in the SMS the beneficiary shall receive after the vaccination,” the ministry informed.