Registration on CoWIN is mandatory for people eligible in the third phase of the vaccination drive.

Registration on CoWIN is mandatory for people eligible in the third phase of the vaccination drive.

As the third phase of the vaccination drive is at the door, all set to get started from May 1 onwards with people above 18 years of age being eligible to get the shots, the Government of India has made it mandatory for people between the age group 18 – 44 to get themselves registered on the CoWIN Portal to get the appointment for vaccination against novel coronavirus. The Government has declared that the usual ‘walk–ins’ to the vaccination centers will not be entertained initially to prevent ‘chaos’ at the centers. 

People who were eligible in the first two phases of the vaccination drive, which are people of above 45 years and health line and frontline workers, will still be eligible in the third phase and can simply ‘walk–in’ to the centers to get inoculated. Registration on CoWIN for people above 45 years of age is not mandatory and hence can go for ‘on site’ registration, the Government informs. 

As the number of cases in the country has been increasing exponentially with Health Care systems getting collapsed, the Government decided to provide the vaccine jabs to all above 18 years of age in the third phase of the drive. 

The mandatory registration for appointment of people aging 18 – 44 for vaccination will begin from April 28 onwards on both the CoWIN portal and Aarogya Setu App. The documents required and the inoculation process remains the same as that of before. 

One of the officials stated, “An increased demand is expected once the vaccination is opened for all. For crowd control, registering on the CoWIN portal and making an appointment to get a vaccine will be mandatory for those aged between 18 and 45 years. Walks–in will not be allowed in the beginning so that there is no chaos”.

With the initiation of the third phase of the vaccination drive, the private hospitals will no longer have to rely solely on Government for procuring the vaccines as they have been authorized to directly make the purchase of the same from vaccine manufacturers. Hence, from May 1 onwards, the current procedure for the private COVID – 19 vaccination centers getting the vaccine from the Government and further charging Rs. 250/- from people will not exist. 

As per the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID – 19 Vaccination Strategy, the vaccine will still be free at government vaccination centers that procure shots from the Central Government for the population groups comprising healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people above 45 years of age. 

The vaccine manufacturers will declare the price of 50% supply in advance, which would be available for the state governments in the open market before May 1. The states, private hospitals, and industrial establishments will then procure the vaccine from the manufacturers based on this price. 

It has been informed, “Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid – 19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for ‘other than the Government of India channel’”.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan claimed that although the Centre has liberalized vaccination policy, it doesn’t entertain pharmacists or chemist shops procuring them in the open market. He stated, “While the Centre has liberalized the vaccination policy, it does not mean that vaccines will be sold in pharmacists or chemist shops in the open market.”

He said that the charges of Private Hospitals for vaccination would be monitored, stating, “The present dispensation where private Covid vaccination centers receive doses from the government and can charge up to Rs. 250/- per dose will cease to exist”.

Source: The Financial Express

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