The second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities will begin from March 1.

Citizens can register and book an appointment for vaccination, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu.

Registrations for COVID-19 vaccination on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal will open at 9 am Monday at www.Cowin.Gov.In.

More than 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under the CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under state schemes can function as vaccination centres.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given for free at government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities. The private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the ministry said on Saturday.

Who all can register?

All citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 60 or more as on January 1, 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 45 to 59 years as on January 1, 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities.

What are the 20 comorbidities?

The Union Health Ministry has 20 comorbidities among people aged between 45 and 59 years who will get the vaccine -- heart failure with hospital admission in past year, moderate or severe valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, CT/ MRI-documented stroke, diabetes of over 10 years or with complications, hypertension, end-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis, diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 2000 or currently on any cancer therapy.

When can I book slots?

There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date will be closed at 3:00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.

For example, for 1st March, the slots will be open from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability. However, on March 1, an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available.

When can I book the second slot?

A slot for second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Center on 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose.

What if I cancel first dose appointment?

If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then the appointment of both doses will be cancelled.

A User Guide for the Citizen Registration & Appointment for Vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA). Click here to know.

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