As the country is gearing up for the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination process, the beneficiaries will be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from March 1, official sources informed. Apart from that, there will also be a walk-in provision for the beneficiaries to get themselves registered at the session sites.
In the second phase, people above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities will be inoculated against the Covid-19.
R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, said: Everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at a number of private hospitals.
He also added: The eligible beneficiaries would be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from March 1 itself. There will also be a walk-in provision for the beneficiaries to get themselves registered at a nearby session site to get vaccinated.
The new version of the Co-WIN app will be GPS-enabled through which the beneficiaries will be able to choose the inoculation session site both at the government and private facilities.
On the other hand, there will be volunteers to help those opting for walk-in registration with the process if they are not tech-savvy.
"Co-WIN will be able to take registrations and appointments from multiple applications, including Aarogya Setu or any other application such as a common service app," Sharma said.
A beneficiary will just have to register with his mobile number and in turn, will receive an OTP with which his account will be created. One can also get their family members registered on the account.
The second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive will start from Monday, in which anybody above 60 years, that may not be less than 10 crore people in the country, and above 45 years with co-morbidities will be administered the vaccine at 10,000 government medical facilities and over 20,000 private hospitals, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.
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