CoWin registration: Get appointment only when you see vacancies available, says govt

Joanna Estrada
April 29, 2021

From May 1, the vaccine will also be available in private hospitals in the country.

The vaccinations starting May 1 include government health centers as well as private hospitals.

"We will continue to announce as and when States come on board". People are registering on the platform, mostly of age-group 18-44. "We expect more than double that number today".

"We had a test registration of about 5 million people in a day on the registration platform".

As the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against COVID-19 started on the CoWIN portal at 4 pm on Wednesday, many people took to social media to complain about the technical problems they faced trying to register for the third phase of the inoculation drive scheduled to begin from May 1.

Australia, which had banked on the AstraZeneca vaccine for the majority of its shots, recommended the doses should only be given to people above 50 years, throwing its vaccination programme into disarray. A 55-year-old man died eight days after getting his vaccine, a regional newspaper in NSW's northwest town of Tamworth said in a report, citing his family.

As India witnesses a surge in coronavirus cases, it has made a decision to allow everyone above 18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1.

"An increased demand is expected once the vaccination is opened for all".

Earlier on Thursday Scott Morrison urged Australians to remain calm over the reports, saying the TGA's medical experts needed to be allowed to do their job and provide advice on all adverse reactions.

The documented procedure for vaccination will remain the same as before. "Detailed statistics relating to registration, vaccinations, can be seen on dashboard.cowin.gov.in", the ministry said in its statement.

The Union Health Ministry highlighted that vaccination is a critical component of the containment and management strategy of the Government of India in its fight against the Covid pandemic.

While those aged 18 to 44 years will be eligible to receive vaccination on payment from any of the private COVID vaccination centres (CVCs), citizens below 45 years shall also be eligible to receive a jab from a government CVC in a state or Union Territory which decides to lower the minimum cut off age for eligibility.

"We have 11,000 adverse events in front of us, ranging from a sore arm through to people having a heart attack a week after having a vaccine, through to a number of other things", he told reporters on Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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