Registration for the third phase of vaccination against Covid-19 for people aged 18 to 45 will begin on April 28, the government announced on Thursday via its citizen engagement platform @MyGovIndia. There will be no walk-in registration for this age group of people, according to the tweet. Registration through the Aarogya Setu app will also begin on April 28.
Earlier today, reports citing the head of the National Health Authority, RS Sharma, said the registration would open within two days.
Here is everything you need to know before signing up for the vaccination in the third phase:
> As with the first and second phases, registration would be done through the cowin.gov.in website and the Aarogya Setu mobile app.
> The Co-Win mobile application available for download in the Play Store is reserved for administrators, not beneficiaries.
> Unlike phases 1 and 2, where walk-in visits were allowed, in this phase there will be no check-in without an appointment. What does it mean? All appointments must be booked in advance through the Co-Win website or the Aarogya Setu app. A person between the ages of 18 and 44 will not be allowed to walk into a vaccination center and register.
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> But since the phase 1 and phase 2 vaccination campaign will continue simultaneously, seniors will still have the possibility of housing, unless otherwise indicated.
> In the previous phases, one person was authorized to make an appointment for 4 other people. But as mentioned by MyGovIndia, only self-registration is allowed in phase 3.
> All appointments must be made in advance, as there is no walk-in service.
> Once you have registered on or after April 28, appointments will be posted from May 1.
In central government hospitals, vaccination will remain free for all. In public and private hospitals, people will have to pay for their vaccine doses, based on the open market price of the vaccine. For example, the Covishield vaccine (oxford-Astrazeneca) will be available at ₹400 to states and ₹600 to private hospitals, per dose. Bharat Biotech has yet to announce the price of Covaxin.
As announced in the Centre’s “liberalized and accelerated phase 3 strategy of the national Covid-19 vaccination program”, this new pricing only concerns the third phase. For people over 45, vaccination in private hospitals will always cost ₹250. The price may change only when the government places a new purchase order.
Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala have announced free vaccination in this phase.