As per the latest directives by Indian government & Ministry of Health & family welfare, COVID-19 vaccine is now available for citizens above 60 years of age and those of 45 years of age with comorbidities like Hypertension, Diabetes, Cardiac issues etc.
To register yourself for vaccination doses, you need to visit Co-Win portal, fill in your details and book your slot for your nearby Fortis hospital.
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You can log into the Co-WIN portal using the link www.cowin.gov.in and click on the “Register/Sign In Yourself” tab to register for COVID-19 vaccination.
There is no authorised mobile app for registering for vaccination in India. You need to log into the Co-WIN portal. You can also register for vaccination through the ArogyaSetu App.
No. Vaccination Centres also provide for a limited number of on-spot registration slots every day. However, it is recommended to register online and schedule vaccination in advance for a hassle-free vaccination experience.
Up to 4 people can be registered for vaccination using the same mobile number.
Yes, you can register for Co-WIN portal using any of the following ID proofs:
No. There is no registration charge.
It is advisable to receive the complete schedule of the COVID vaccine irrespective of past history of infection. This will help develop better immune response against the disease.
Presently, Covishield and Covaxin are the two types of vaccine available in India. You will get one of these two vaccines but cannot choose the vaccine that you would like to take. Which vaccine will be given to you, will be decided by the vaccine provider according to allocation.
During online registration also, vaccine option will not be given.
It is recommended that the 2nd dose of COVAXIN should be administered in the interval of 4 to 6 weeks from the date of 1st dose administration. For COVISHIELD the recommended interval is 4 to 8 weeks. You may choose the date of 2nd dose vaccination as per your convenience.
Vaccine will be available from Government Private Health Facilities as notified These will be known as COVID Vaccination Centres (CVC).
Covishield®: Some mild symptoms may occur like injection site tenderness, injection site pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia, nausea. Very rare events of demyelinating disorders have been reported following vaccination with this vaccine but without the causal relationship establishment.
Covaxin®: Some mild symptoms AEFIs may occur like injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling. No other vaccine-related serious adverse effects have been reported.
In case of minor adverse effects such as injection site pain, tenderness, malaise, pyrexia, etc., paracetamol may be used to alleviate the symptoms.
As per experts, there is no evidence of alcohol impairing the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Rumours or social media posts suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines could cause infertility are not true and totally baseless. Such rumours were floated in the past against other vaccines also e.g. polio and measles. None of the available vaccines affects fertility. All vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and later in humans to assess if they have any such side effects. Vaccines are authorized for use only after their safety and efficacy is assured.
Both the vaccines are safe but in case of any discomfort or complaint, ask the beneficiary to visit the nearest health facility and/or call the health worker whose phone number is given in the COWIN SMS received after vaccination.
Overall, the vaccine is safe and efficacious in adults with comorbidity. The maximum benefit of getting the COVID vaccine is for those who have such co-morbidities. However, if you are concerned for any specific reason, please consult your doctor.
Currently, there is no such instruction. One can take one’s regular medication uninterruptedly. Just inform the vaccinator about the medicines you consume.
There are a few bleeding disorders like 'haemophilia'. These persons should take the vaccine under the supervision of their treating physician. Patients who are admitted in hospital or ICU and have bleeding problems should delay the vaccination till they are discharged. However, several people with heart and brain disorders are on blood thinners like aspirin and antiplatelet drugs. They can continue with their medicines and have the vaccines. For them, vaccines are absolutely safe.
Immune issues are of two types: one, immunosuppression due to any disease such as AIDS, and people on immunosuppressant drugs such as anti-cancer drugs, steroids, etc. Second, immunodeficiency in people who suffers from some defect in the body's protective system such as congenital immunodeficiency.
Currently, available COVID vaccines do not have any live virus and therefore individuals with immune issues can have the vaccine safely. But the vaccine may not be as effective in them. One should inform the vaccinator about the medicines they consume and if they are suffering from any known immune issues. The vaccinator should have a record of one’s medical condition.
Development of immunity or duration of protection after COVID-19 exposure is not established therefore it is recommended to receive vaccine even after COVID-19 infection. Wait for 4-8 weeks after recovery from COVID symptoms before getting the vaccine.
Chronic diseases and morbidities like the Cardiac, neurological, pulmonary, pulmonary, metabolic, renal and malignancies etc. are not contraindicated. In fact, the benefit of COVID vaccines to reduce the risk of severe COVID disease and death is for those who have these comorbidities.