UPDATED: April 22, 2021 13:18 IST
Vaccine registrations for all those above 18 years will commence in the next 48 hours, said RS Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Authority (NHA), on Thursday.
“All those above the age of 18 can register on Cowin by April 24…the vaccination process and documents remain the same,” RS Sharma said.
Besides indigenous vaccines Covaxin and Covishield, Russian vaccine Sputnik V will also be added as an option at some centres, he said.
He further said more centres and private facilities are being set up for a faster vaccination process.
Moreover, private firms have been asked to publish vaccine time table on the Cowin platform to help people book date and time. “Private firms/industries need to share information on vaccination of employees numbers on Cowin platform,” he said.
Also, any case of Adverse event following immunization (AEFI) after vaccination will be monitored, RS Sharma said.
HOW TO REGISTER AT COWIN.GOV.IN AND APP:
The Covid-19 vaccination drive will open for all persons above 18 years from May 1. As part of the “liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of Covid-19 vaccination”, all persons above the age of 18 years will be eligible to get Covid-19 vaccine jabs.
Recently, several states, including Kerala, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, announced free vaccination for all people above the age of 18.
On Wednesday, the Serum Institute of India said it would be providing its Covishield vaccine at Rs 400 per dose to state governments and Rs 600 per dose to private hospitals from May 1.
The Centre had launched a nationwide vaccination drive on January 16 for healthcare and frontline workers and expanded it to those above 45 on April 1.
As per the government order, the vaccination shall continue as before in Government of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier, i.e., health care workers, front line workers and all people above 45 years of age.