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Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

Team AckoJul 22, 2021

To combat Covid-19, the Indian Government is in the process of inoculating the citizens of the country. As of June 2021, approx. 4% of India's population is fully vaccinated.

Irrespective of the robust vaccination drive within the country, many people are still worried about the vaccine process or unsure about how to get vaccinated. This article aims to answer all the queries related to the Covid-19 vaccine and the registration process.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

How to Get Vaccinated? 

There are two ways to get vaccinated: 

  • Way 1. Pre-registration: Pre-register for vaccine appointment on Aarogya Setu or Co-WIN Vaccinator app. 

  • Way 2. Walk-in: Walk-in into any of the government/private hospitals where vaccines are being provided to get vaccinated. 

Way 1: Pre-registration Method On Co-WIN portal or Aarogya Setu app

Here are the steps to follow to get vaccinated against Covid-19 under this method:

  1. Visit the portal/app: Visit http://www.cowin.gov.in or register via the Aarogya Setu app. Do note that the Co-WIN Vaccinator app on the Play Store is only for the administrators as of now. 

  2. Register your mobile number: Enter your mobile number and complete the One Time Password (OTP) verification. In case you are registering through the Aarogya Setu app, click on the Co-WIN tab. Then click on the Vaccination tab. 

  3. Enter details: The vaccine registration page will open. You will need to upload ID card type (Aadhaar Card, Driving Licence, etc.), ID card number, name of the person to get vaccinated, gender, and birth year.

  4. Register person/people for the vaccine: It is important to note that one person can register up to four people/beneficiaries with the registered mobile number by clicking on the ‘Add’ button. If multiple names are added, select people that you wish to register for the vaccine appointment.

  5. Search for a centre: Next, enter state/UT, district, block, and pin code details to search for vaccination centres. Here, choose between ‘Free’ (government hospitals) or ‘Paid’ (government-approved private hospitals) vaccine. Once you select that, you will get the list of centres. Select the vaccination centre, date, and time slot as per your convenience.

  6. Confirmation of the appointment: An appointment confirmation page pops up wherein you can confirm the registration. You will also get a confirmation message on the registered mobile number. 

  7. At the time of vaccine appointment: Carry the ID card and the appointment confirmation at the time of vaccination.

Way 2: Getting Vaccinated Through the Walk-in Method

  1. Walk into any of the government/private hospitals where vaccines are offered during Outpatient Department (OPD) hours. However, do note that vaccines will be provided subject to availability.

  2. The above registration process will be carried out within the hospital. Hence, it is mandatory to carry ID proof with you.

If you are worried about the hassle and long queues, here is the good news. Based on the experiences narrated by the team members, the vaccination process is designed to be seamless and quick.

Few Important Things to Note Under Both the Methods

  1. One does not have the choice of which vaccine will be offered at the hospital.

  2. There is an observation period of about 30 minutes post the vaccination for which the person must stay at the hospital.

  3. The vaccine certificate will be shared via SMS for your ready reference. You can also access it on the Co-Win portal or the Aarogya Setu app.

  4. The same process needs to be repeated for the second dosage of the vaccine, which is administered between 12-16 weeks after the first dose of Covishield. For Covaxin, the gap between the two doses can be between 4-6 weeks.

For detailed information, refer to the user guide uploaded by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA).

Also, till the mission of vaccinating India is not complete, do not forget to take all precautions to combat Covid-19.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Vaccine Appointment

Here are the frequently asked questions about the Covid-19 vaccine appointment.

Due to some reason, I cannot visit the centre as per the appointment letter. Can I change my appointment slot?

Due to some reason, if you want to reschedule your appointment, log in to the Co-WIN portal or Aarogya Setu app with the same registered mobile number. Enter OTP and edit the appointment by clicking on the ‘Edit’ option beside selected individuals.

Can I select between Covaxin and Covishield vaccine?

As of 19th March 2021, you do not have an option to choose the vaccine you want. However, the vaccine type will be disclosed to you at the time of appointment by the hospital staff.

After taking the vaccine, do I still need to stay at the centre?

There is an observation period of about 30 minutes post the vaccination for which the person must stay at the hospital. Usually, they also offer some precautionary medicines, which need to be taken if you observe any post-vaccination symptoms such as fatigue, fever, etc. Do check with the representative at the hospital before leaving the centre.

Do I need to pay anything for the vaccine?

If you select the Free Vaccine, you won’t have to pay anything. This is because you will be given a vaccine dose at one of the government hospitals. However, if you select Paid Vaccine, you will have to pay the fees for getting vaccinated at the private hospital. Currently, Covid vaccine cost in private hospitals is capped at Rs. 250.

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