‘How do I get my shot?’ and other FAQs on COVID vaccination Phase 3

VACCINES FOR UNDER 45

Vaccination guide phase 3
Representational image. Pic: V Naresh Kumar

Phase III of the country’s largest vaccination drive has been officially launched from May 1, 2021, where the youth of the country aged between 18 to 44 years will get themselves vaccinated. Remember, the vaccine, whichever you take, does not make you immune from the virus. But it does reduce the severity of its effects.

With the new order, the government has made it compulsory for all above 18 years to get vaccinated. However, due to the surge of COVID cases in India, a few states have delayed the vaccination drive, though registrations began on April 28, 2021. This has inevitably led to chaos and confusion, with vaccine stocks in cities falling far short of the number of people eligible to receive it.

Under the circumstances, it is imperative to answer some critical and frequently asked questions (FAQs), especially for the newly added target group aged 18 to 44 years.

Where can I register?

The registrations can be done online by booking appointment through Co-Win portal (www.cowin.gov.in). Click on “Register/Sign in Yourself” tab. You can also click on “Register through Aarogya Setu”. There is no authorized mobile app for registering except Aarogya Setu. Alternatively, you can register for vaccination through the Aarogya Setu App.

I am 21 years old. Can I also register?

Yes, all citizens aged 18 years and above can register for vaccination.

Can I opt for on-spot registration if I am 21 years old?

No, citizens aged 18-44 years should mandatorily register themselves and schedule appointment online before going to vaccination centre. However, citizens aged 45 years and above can schedule appointments online or walk into a vaccination centre, as vaccination centres provide limited number of on-spot registrations. However, all citizens are recommended to register online and schedule vaccination for a hassle-free vaccination experience. 


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Can I book an appointment for vaccination in the Co-WIN portal?

Yes, you can book appointments for vaccination through Co-WIN portal after logging in to the Co-WIN Portal using your registered mobile number. The system will show vaccination centres that allow vaccination as per the age of the citizen entered in the registration portal.

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How many people can register with my mobile number?

Up to four people can register using the same mobile number.

I do not have access of smart phone or computer. How can I register?

Up to four people can be registered for vaccination using the same mobile number. You can take help from friends or family for online registration through their number.

Which ID proofs I can use to register?

You can register for vaccination using any of the following ID proofs-
a. Aadhaar Car
b. Driving License
c. PAN card
d. Passport
e. Pension Passbook
f. NPR Smart Card
g. Voter ID Card (EPIC)
h. Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
i. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Job Car
j. Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
k. Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
l. Service Identity Card issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ Public Limited Companies
m. People with comorbidities will have to carry the certificate of comorbidities, in the format shared on the website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

Are there any registration charges to be paid?

No. There is no registration charge.

What is the price of the vaccines?

So far, the vaccination has been free at government hospitals and Rs. 250 was charged at private centres. But from May 1st, this policy will cease to exist. Every age group will have to pay for the vaccine. For people aged between 18 to 44 years, the respective states will announce their policies. Most states have announced that vaccination will be free of cost at government centres. However, private hospitals will decide the costs as their private centres.

What will it cost me?

The pricing of vaccines is still to be finalized. While a number of state governments including Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have declared free vaccination for all at government vaccination centres, others are still to decide on this. Presently, the vaccine is being made available free of cost to citizens above 45 years at government centres, while it costs Rs 250 in private hospitals.

The Serum Institute of India (SII) had earlier reduced the price of Covishield vaccines for states from Rs 400 to Rs 300. For private hospitals the vaccine is priced at Rs 600. The vaccines are available to the Union government at Rs 150 per dose. Similarly, Bharat Biotech too had reduced the price of Covaxin from Rs 600 to Rs 400 for the states. Covaxin is available at Rs 150 per dose to the Centre.

The procurement price for private hospitals remains Rs 1200 per dose. Individuals will be able to view the price of vaccines at government as well as private centres while scheduling an appointment.

What are the options for combined appointments if my mother/father is aged 50 and I am 21 years old?

If one citizen is aged 45 or above and another falls in the 18 to 44 years category, and both want to schedule a combined appointment, then only private paid vaccination centres or vaccination centres as per the state’s policy will be made available. However, it may happen that some hospitals which are catering to people with 45 years or more may not allow the booking of appointments for people with lesser age. In that case you may make bookings one by one.


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How will I know which vaccination has been administered to me?

While scheduling an appointment for vaccination in private hospitals, the system will show the name of the vaccine which will be administered along with the vaccination centre details (name). Government hospitals may not show the name of the vaccine and you will get to know when you receive the shot.

How can I find the nearest vaccination centre?

For a vaccination centre nearest to your location, you can either search through PIN code or by choosing the State and the District. 

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Can I reschedule my appointment if I was unable to go on date of appointment?

In case you could not go for vaccination on the date of appointment, you can reschedule the appointment by clicking on “Reschedule” tab. It can be rescheduled at any time. 

Can I cancel my scheduled appointment?

Yes, you can cancel or reschedule the scheduled appointment and choose another date or time slot.

I am a COVID patient. Can I take the vaccine?

It has been suggested that you wait for 90 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19 disease, if you haven’t received any shot yet. People who got infected after receiving their first shot may take the second dose on their scheduled date, but only if their quarantine period is over and they do not have any symptoms.

Helpline to report vaccine side effects: 

  1. Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046 (Toll free- 1075)
  2. Helpline Email Id: nvoc2019@gov.in

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It’s been six weeks since I took my first dose of Covishield/Covaxin but my centre has run out of stock. What should I do? Will my first dose be rendered ineffective if I don’t get the second?

The risk of getting COVID-19 is lowest if you get both shots. But the protection from one shot may not last as long as the protection from both shots, particularly against some of the newer virus variants. So it is best to try and get the second jab within eight weeks.


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I’ve read about the approval for Sputnik: When will they start to administer that?

Doses of Sputnik V have arrived in India. But its administration will start in end of May or early June, as prices have not yet been decided.

Vaccine shortage and implementation in some states

Better late than never. Finally the government has thrown open vaccination to all adults over 18 years of age. Unfortunately, this comes at a time when the country is facing a serious vaccine shortage with many states postponing the start of the drive for the 2.54 people18-44 age group who have registered for vaccination. For example, the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and UT Chandigarh have expressed their inability to implement the vaccination drive owing to lack of adequate vaccine stocks.

A look at the ground situation in some of these states gives an idea on how the implementation of the vaccination drive has been impacted.

Chandigarh: “We have a stock of 1 lakh Covishield vaccines, which is reserved for the 45 and above age group,” said Manoj Parida, UT Chandigarh Advisor to the Administrator. “It is critical to deliver the second dose to citizens.” Parida added that the Administration has placed an order for one lakh doses, which it expects to receive in the next 15 days. “We will be able to implement vaccination for 18+ age group only after we receive the required stock. We have got a large number of registrations. We will inform the citizens who have registered about scheduling their appointments as soon as we have the requisite stock of vaccines”. 

Punjab: Again, inadequate reserves of vaccines for the 18 to 45 age group. Health officials say that the vaccination program can at best be implemented in a phased manner and after mid-May.

Himachal Pradesh: In the same situation as Chandigarh. As per an internal Whatsapp note circulated to its medical staff involved with vaccination, the health authorities have stated: “Vaccination for 18 to 45 will only start after the state procures vaccine and we tell u to start the process of vaccination. This should be clear to all vaccination teams”.

Senior Health Department officials say that vaccination for the 18+ age group is expected to be delayed by three to four weeks due to non-availability of vaccines.  The state has around 31 lakh individuals eligible for vaccination in the 18 to 44 age group which is expected to be delayed by three to four weeks, say senior health department officials.  Also, the delay in providing information regarding the vaccines is creating confusion at vaccination centers. “Due to lack of any directions, people not in the know about appointments are sure to flock to the nearest vaccination center on May 1,” said Janmajay Singh Chauhan from Nahan in Sirmaur district.

Inputs from Raj Machhan

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Utkarsha Srivastava is an advocate by profession, based in Delhi.

36 Comments

  1. It’s a very comprehensive and informative article written by utkarsha Srivastava, one can easily find the answers regarding covid vaccination etc, it was needed indeed, one can remove one’s doubts regarding covid pandemic and its vaccination etc…..

    • Who will be responsible for breach of immunity if one fails to book second dose due to defective system of online slot booking wherein slot is opened at uncertain time (early tmorning when one is busy in bath, worship, breakfast, lunch or dinner). Many time slot booking is opened during mid night (between 12.00 am to 12.40 am). Does government wants citizen to keep aside his job, eating meal etc. by sitting 24 x 7 hours for booking slot? why don’t slot opening time is fixed for every city ? it smells corruption where in slot booking time is pre-informed to certain groups and common man is deprived of booking slot for 2nd dose causing breach of immunity

      • time of slot booking is uncertain. Some time it’s opened at between 7.00 am to 9.30 Am, some other time at 12.15 PM to 1.00 PM, some times between 2.12 PM to 12.00 AM even at 12.40 AM. Govt wants it’s citizen to keep away his Job and all daily essential activities (defeacation, urination, bath, morning pray, yoga, breakfast, lunch, dinner etc.). Govt wants it’s citizen not to take proper sleep for booking slot. Citizens are expected to sit 24 hrs x 7days to sit for slot booking on PC for slot booking success about which is not certain even after that. Secondly those who are not computer expert (least educated or who do not know prompt work on PC or android) are being denied for vaccination due to this slot booking procedure. why not slot booking time is fixed for every city? why early registration, early vaccination policy is adopted ? why second dose vaccination aspirants are compelled for slot booking where they failed to book ? they must be called and allowed second dose without booking at the same vaccination center. I condemn this defective and corrupt procedure for vaccination booking.

        • Don’t know.why the slot is not getting book.tried every time .

  2. If I am late by some minutes can my vaccine is reserved for me…..Or if only One vaccine left and there are 10 people….but I have appointment letter……so who take this vaccine…..explain

  3. at what time the website is open for taking appointment for 18+ vaccination

  4. After taking appointment online and also showing vaccine availability but vaccination centre tells to go another vaccination centre for dose, then what should we do?

  5. Yesterday I booked my slot for 1st dose ; my online booking was succeesfull but when i went my centre they told 1st dose not given now; my centre is MILLITARY HOSPITAL In secundrabad in Telangana(INDIA) they not allow in their Premises.then when and how can i get my 1st dose covid vaccine

  6. I have been chasing Cowin website for scheduling my vaccination 18+ for the last 10 days but in vain – Chennai private hospitals. I try almost once in two hours on the website. it is always fully booked,. How do I succeed? Can anybody suggest?

  7. Problem in slot booking for all centers in Nagpur for 18_44 age group

  8. The appointment for 2nd dose of covishield is not working in aarogya setu app and my mother who is 75+ is due for vaccination by 13th may….there is no option for registration at local vaccination drive centres through online app…what can be done….

  9. Problem in time slot booking
    I am registered member for covishild under 18 to 44 age group

  10. The appointment for 2nd dose of covishield is not working in aarogya setu app and my mother and father who is 75+ is due for vaccination by 5th may….there is no option for registration at local vaccination drive centres through online app…what can be done….

  11. The problem is that the vaccines are not available for 18+ in Akola when they arrive we even don’t see the available vaccines are just see booked 😔😔…

  12. I’m 72 years old and registered myself in Cowin portal for vaccination. But it restricts me from scheduling an appointment at a private hospital where the slots are marked with ‘Age 18+’. Can you advise, what to do?

  13. Sir I have taken first doze un 3rd may with my wife with our I’d proof adhar card of both if us. But in online my first doze vaccination not showing. How can I apply for 2nd doze. My wife’s 2nd doze is showing. But now what can I do if the medical staff did something wrong. But I had shown my adharcard and mobile no while taking first doze.

  14. My mother got her first dose of vaccine through on the spot registration on her number and during second dose I got her the appointment through cowin app on my number. Now the certificate I have received is of her vaccination is of first dose instead of second dose. How to get the right certificate in such a condition

  15. Guys please help as I am unable to get appointments after selecting the date and place it show security code doesn’t read. Please help me.

  16. hi how can i get my final vaccine certificate if i booked my slot through two different mobile numbers.

  17. I have get appointment for second dose of covishied on 15.05.2021. Now central Government has changed his policy and due is changed for vaccination after 12 weeks. Whether I can get vaccinated as I have got appointment today..

  18. Hi. I’m eshika kapoor. I’m unable to book my vaccination slot. How I will do. I’m 18+

    • I SHOWED UP TO MY APPOINTMENT, AND THERE WAS VACCINE (SHOT) FOR ME.BUT SERVER WAS DOWN. WHY WAS I NOT ABLE TO GET A SHOT?

  19. I am 45+, I could not book my slot for 2nd vacination in Karnataka, Mysuru pin code 570022.

  20. Hi, can anyone share experience of vaccination in the Delhi hospitals? My designated center is LBS Hospital, east Delhi. I do have a confirmation via Co-win. In addition, do I need to arrive early and collect a token?

    Thanks in anticipation.

  21. How to know about schedule a signing time. Every time there is booked. What is the particular time for booking

  22. Is it possible to change registered mobile number for 2nd dose? As multiple (4) registration is discontinued.

  23. Hey ,iam 21 ,and i have to travel internationally,but i can’t able to get done my vaccination because there is no slot for above 18 in my state . I also talked to several clinics but they also denied. Could you please suggest me what i have to do in this kind of situation

  24. I’m also facing problem in getting slot n searching it for 15 days but all time gone in vain at least few minutes should be provided for booking In my view transparency is lacking in Booking of vaccine

  25. I tried booking slot for my father, Everytime I see, but there won’t be any slots, please let me know what is the time the slot booking starts.

  26. May i request the government for booking of slot for vaccination after registration on Arogya Setu App. Please fix time for booking of slot for vaccination so that people will try to fix the slot for vaccination. Government should respect time of citizen of India who have to carry out other activities and they can plan & use their time properly.

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