New Delhi| Jagran News Desk: People above the age of 18 will now be able to get vaccinated from May 1, the Centre announced on Monday. In the 'liberalised and accelerated' Phase 3 vaccination drive, the Centre will allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his nationwide address on Tuesday also said that our country with two made in India vaccines started the world's largest vaccination program. He further said that everyone above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated from May 1.

Vaccination will continue as before in the government of India vaccination centres free of cost to the eligible population -- healthcare and frontline workers and all people above 45 years of age.

The Health Ministry said the important decision to allow vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from May 1 was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India's vaccination drive is dubbed as the world's biggest vaccination drive. The vaccination drive started on January 16. Currently, people who are above the age of 45 and 60 are eligible to take the vaccination shot in the country.

All vaccinations will be under the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of the National COVID-19 Vaccination programme and will have to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported real-time.

As of now, the CoWIN portal mentions a registration link for people aged above 45 years. However, it may soon introduce a link where anyone above 18 years of age can register to get the jab.  

The vaccination drive for people above the age of 18 will begin on May 1, here's a stepwise guide on how to register yourself on CoWin portal starting from May 1:

Step 1: You need to log in on the official website of cowin.gov.in and you need to enter your mobile number.

Step 2: You will receive an OTP on your phone.

Step 3: Now, you need to click on the verify button and enter the OTP.

Step 4: Once you are done with this process, it will redirect you to the Registration for Vaccination page.

Step 5: Enter the asked details like ID proof, your address, and contact details. It will also ask you if you have any comorbidities. You need to click on the yes or no button.

Step 6: Now after registering you will receive a confirmation message on your registered mobile number.

Step 7: Now, you need to click on the account details tab and you can schedule your appointment for the vaccination jab.

In the government statement, it was also mentioned that private hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than the centre's channel.

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Posted By: Deeksha Sharma