Registration for the third phase of vaccination against Covid-19 for those between the age groups of 18 and 45 will begin on April 28, the government said on Thursday via its citizen engagement platform @MyGovIndia. There will be no record for this age group of people, the tweet said. Registration through the Aarogya Setu program will also begin on April 28th.
Earlier in the day, reports citing the head of the National Health Authority, RS Sharma, said the registration would be opened within two days.
Here’s everything you need to know before you register to get vaccinated in the third phase:
> As the first and second phase, registration would be done through the website cowin.gov.in and the mobile phone program Aarogya Setu.
> The Co-Win mobile app downloadable in the game store is for administrators only, not for beneficiaries.
> Unlike phase 1 and phase 2, where entries were allowed, in this phase there will be no entry register. What does this mean? All appointments must be booked in advance through the Co-Win website or the Aarogya Setu program. A person between the age group of 18 and 44 will not be allowed to walk into a vaccine room and register.
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> But because the vaccination for phase one and phase two will continue at the same time, seniors will still have the entrance facility, unless otherwise indicated.
> In the previous phases, one person was allowed to book an appointment for another 4 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 entrance.
> After you register on or after April 28, appointments will be postponed from May 1.
In central government hospitals vaccination will be free for all. In state government and private hospitals, people will have to pay for their vaccine doses, depending on the open market price of the vaccines. For example, a Covishield vaccine (the oxford-Astrazeneca) will be available at ₹400 to states and ₹600 to private hospitals, per dose. Bharat Biotech has not yet announced the price of Covaxin.
As announced in the Center’s “Liberalized and Accelerated Phase 3 strategy of the Covid-19 National Vaccine Program”, this new price is only for the third phase. For people older than 45 years vaccination at private hospitals will still cost ₹250. The price may change only when the government makes a new purchase order.
Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala have announced free vaccination at this stage.