The second phase of coronavirus vaccination begins in India from March 1, 2021. PM Narendra Modi is the first one today to get the dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, New Delhi. PM took to Twitter to announce the same. The vaccination for coronavirus has primarily begun for senior citizens with age above 60 years and those who are above 45 years of age suffering from co-morbidities. You will be able to self-register yourself using the CoWIN app. Also Read - Should you rely on Spo2 monitor on smartwatches to measure blood oxygen level?
The government of India released the CoWIN app a few months ago but users reported several glitches on the application. As per several media reports, the Indian government will release the CoWIN app 2.0 version on March 1, 9am. You will be able to download the CoWIN app 2.0 from Google Play store on your Android device. iOS availability hasn’t been revealed yet. Notably, CoWIN and CoWIN 2.0 are the same app, the latter is an upgraded version of the original one. Also Read - Looking for Oxygen Concentartor: Here are Top 5 points you need to know before buying it
Latest Update on CoWIN app: The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the CoWIN app is only for administrators. Everyone else will be able to book vaccination appointment via CoWIN portal. “Registration and booking for appointment for #COVID19 Vaccination is to be done through #CoWIN Portal: http://cowin.gov.in. There is NO #CoWIN App for beneficiary registration. The App on Play Store is for administrators only,” the Ministry of Health tweeted. Also Read - Tecno launches doorstep delivery of its smartphones amid rising COVID-19 cases in India
Separately, a section called CoWIN with a vaccine icon has also been added to the Aarogya Setu app, India’s very own coronavirus tracking app, for easy access. You will also be able to register for COVID-19 vaccine on www.cowin.gov.in website.
How to register for COVID-19 vaccine online
STEP 1: Enter your mobile number
STEP 2: You will then get an OTP, enter the OTP and click on the “Verify” button
STEP 3: You will then be directed to the registration of the vaccination’ page
STEP 4: Next, choose one photo ID proof
STEP 5: Fill in your name, age, gender and upload an identity document
STEP 6: The page will then ask if you have any comorbidities
STEP 7: Everyone above 60 years are eligible. If you are 45 years + you will be required to upload doctor’s certificate as comorbidity proof.
STEP 8: Click on the registration button.
STEP 9: The system will then show account details.
STEP 10: The portal lets you add multiple people under one mobile number by clicking on Add more option.
STEP 11: Next click on schedule appointment.
STEP 12: You can then search a vaccination centre by state, district, block and pincode
STEP 13: Date and availability will be shown, click on ‘book’ button.
STEP 14: Once the registration is completed you will receive a message with the vaccination appointment.
STEP 15: Notably, you will be able to reschedule an appointment anytime you wish but before the vaccination day.
It should be noted that after the first dose the second dose will be automatically scheduled.
Once you get the dose, you can head over to Aarogya Setu, DigiLocker or CoWIN app to get your vaccinated certificate.
The CoWIN portal also allows everyone to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccine centre. Click here.
How to register for COVID-19 vaccine using Aarogya Setu
STEP 1: First head to the Aarogya Setu app
STEP 2: Next, click on CoWIN tab on the home screen
STEP 3: Select Vaccination Registration option
STEP 4: Next enter mobile number, then OTP, then click on verify option
STEP 5: You will then be directed to the Registration of Vaccination page
STEP 6: Follow the steps mentioned above for the CoWIN portal