27 FEBRUARY 2021


The Central government has decided that people above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities would be given Covid-19 vaccines from 1 March, 2021 during the second phase of vaccination drive.

The vaccine would be given for free at 10,000 Government Hospitals and at 20,000  private  hospitals for a charge.

The Health Ministry is in discussion with vaccine manufacturers and hospitals to determine the cost of vaccination to be made available in private hospitals.

The first phase of vaccination started on 16 January, 2021 and 1.23 crore doses of vaccines administered to the healthcare and frontline workers in the country so far.

The Government has approved two vaccines for emergency use in the country – Covishield developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech Company’s Covaxin.

On 26 March 2021, the Health Ministry announced options for advance self registration, on-site registration and facilitated cohort registration for the second phase of Covid-19 Vaccinations starting on Monday, March 1st.

 The beneficiaries can register through Co-Win 2.0 or Arogya Setu apps by choosing Covid-19 Vaccination Centre from the list of  government and private hospitals.

Also beneficiaries may walk into an identified Vaccination Centre and get registered on site also.

Facilitated Group Registration can also be done by the State government for vaccinating specific target groups and specific dates can be arranged.

All the beneficiaries will be listed in the Co-WIN 2.0 platform and issued a digital QR Code based Provisional Certificate on receiving the first dose and Final Certificate after the second dose of the vaccine. The vaccination will be free of charge at the government Centres and the beneficiary will have to show a photo ID Card, preferably Aadhar Card / Voter ID,  for proof of age and Certificate of co-morbidity issued by a registered medical practitioner  for aged 45-59 years.

Meanwhile it is decided that the private hospitals functioning as Covid Vaccination Centres may charge up to  Rs.250  per person per dose.

Private Vaccination Centres must have adequate space, adequate cold chain arrangements, sufficient number of vaccinators,  support staff and arrangements for addressing adverse events following immunisation.

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended the Covid-19 guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution till March 31st and directed all States to expedite the vaccination programme to contain the pandemic.


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