Get Vaccinated For a Safer Tomorrow

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.

We request all the eligible people to get themselves registered and vaccinated for a safer tomorrow. #TomorrowStartsToday

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Yes, Vaccination is only with confirmed appointment on the CoWin website.

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:

  • Aadhaar card
  • Driving License
  • PAN card
  • Passport
  • Pension Passbook
  • NPR Smart Card
  • Voter ID Card (EPIC)

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).

Yes, registration is required for COVID Vaccination.
  • You can either pre-register yourself online and get an appointment for vaccination
  • or
  • Register yourself on-the-spot, get the appointment and get vaccinated on the same day.
  • For those who have already received the 1 st dose and due for the second dose, slots will be automatically reserved in the CoWIN App and there is no need for registering again.
  • Online registration and appointment can be done through Co-WIN App which you can download on your mobile phone.
  • You will have to give some basic information about yourself and details of your photoidentification card to get yourself registered online.
  • From one mobile phone number, one can register 4 persons, however, each person will need their own photo-identification document.
  • If Aadhar card is used as identification document, consent will be obtained and recorded.

  • In the App, you can find out the list of available CVCs and dates and time of available vaccination slots, to BOOK VACCINATION as per your choice. You will need an OTP verification prior to registration and a confirmation slip/token will be generated after registration. You will also get a confirmatory sms later.

    For all Private Hospitals, prior-registration and appointment will be the only method of registration.

    For Government hospitals, a proportion of slots will be available for online registration and appointment, the rest will be kept for on-site registration and vaccination.

    Appointments for any date for a Vaccination Center will be closed at 12:00 pm on the day prior to the date.
Those who cannot/will not get themselves registered online can contact local govt health workers, who will help the beneficiaries to come to any Government CVC for on-the-spot registration, appointment, verification and vaccination on the same day. Please ask your nearest govt health care workers to guide you about the nearest Government CVC where COVID vaccination will be available and the days of the week when this will be available. You need to carry your mobile phone and a photo-identification document to get yourself vaccinated. The workers in the Govt CVC will help you to register on the spot, get appointment and get vaccinated on the same day.
For Online registration, you will need any of the following photo-identification proof:
  • Aadhar Card/Letter
  • Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • PAN Card
  • NPR Smart Card
  • Pension Document with photograph
You will have to carry the photo-identity document with which you register yourself online, when you go to the vaccination centre. You will also have to carry the mobile phone by which you registered yourself.
For onsite registration, you will have to carry any of the following documents:
  • Aadhar card
  • Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • PAN Card
  • NPR Smart Card
  • Pension Document with photograph
  • Also carry Certificate of comorbidity for citizens in age group 45-59 years, issued by a Registered medical Practitioner in a specified format
  • Carry your mobile phone
Second dose will be scheduled at the same CVC on 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose, at the time of appointment for 1st dose.
You will have a limited flexibility to change the slot for 2nd dose in the period 29th day to 42nd day of the first dose, only when -
  • the 1st dose has already been administered, and if so –
  • only for such CVCs where the vaccine type is the same as the vaccine type of the 1st dose appointment.
  • Special reserved 2nd dose slots will be kept by the system to offer alternativesto such beneficiaries who are not able to avail vaccination for 2nd dose in the period of 29th day to 42nd day of administration of first dose.
Details required during registration can be amended later or deleted from the same mobile number until the 1st dose of the vaccine has been given. After the 1st dose, no further changes can be done except to change the date of the 2nd dose (upto 42 days after 1st dose) as mentioned above.
Yes, you can, but remember:
If you cancel a 1st dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled. Option for cancellation of second dose appointment will not be available.
  • Vaccination will be provided free of charge at the Government Health Facilities.
  • For Private Health Facilities, you will have to pay a maximum of Rs 250/- .
Safety is the most important factor, and all standard precautions as have been followed in the past for giving vaccine approval have been followed in this case too. Both Covishield and Covaxin are safe.
  • The absolute contraindication to these vaccines is history of any allergy to any vaccine or its ingredients.
  • Relative contraindications of the vaccines are- pregnancy, planning to get pregnant, breastfeeding.
  • People who are suffering from active COVID or suspected to have COVID or received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma for treatment of COVID-19 should not take vaccine and defer it to a later date, 6-8 weeks after recovery.
  • Also, acutely unwell and hospitalized patients should not take the vaccine and defer it 6-8 weeks after recovery.
You should rest for at least half an hour after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. Any symptoms or discomfort which may occur, must be reported to the nearest ANM or ASHA worker or any other Health Care Workers in the Health facilities.
Yes, even after taking the vaccine, one should continue to practice COVID appropriate behaviours like wearing mask, washing or sanitizing hands frequently and maintaining physical distance of 6 ft.

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.

Contraindication

  1. Persons with history of:
    • Anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine
    • Immediate or delayed-onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food-items etc.
  2. Pregnancy & Lactation:
    • Pregnant & Lactating women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy; and lactating women should not receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time

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.