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Covid-19 vaccine: How can you register yourself for drive in India?

The war against the deadly Covid-19 is still on. With the vaccination drive soon going to start in India, things are improving now. But what will be the process of vaccination? How to register yourself for Covid-19 vaccine? In this article, we shall clarify all your details about the Covid-19 vaccination drive in our country.

How can you register yourself for Covid-19 vaccination drive in India?

The government of India has made registration mandatory for all citizens to get the vaccine for Covid-19. As per reports, in the next few days, the vaccination drive will start in India. The registration process for the Covid-19 vaccine will take place in various health department centers. After the registration, those to get it would know the location and time of the vaccination on their phone/email etc.

Covid-19 vaccine registration process explained in 7 points

1. Identity proof a must to get Covid-19 vaccine

Wondering how to register yourself for Covid-19 vaccine? Well, the first and foremost thing which is required for the vaccination process is having proper identity proof. Wondering which one will work? Well, you can use your passport, PAN card, MGNREGA job card, pension card, voter ID and driving license. A candidate’s profile will not be eligible for vaccination without these IDs.

2. Who will get the vaccine in the first phase?

The central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has readied its blueprint to inoculate around 30 crore people in the first phase. But will you or I be part of the first phase? Well, that depends on certain factors.

In its guidelines, the Centre said that the Covid-19 vaccination will first reach healthcare workers, frontline workers and to those aged above 50 years and above. Then persons younger than 50 years of age who has associated comorbidities based on the evolving pandemic situation will get it. And finally, the vaccine will reach to the remaining population based on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

According to the Centre, a digital platform called COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network or Co-Win will help track enlisting the beneficiaries for the vaccination and anti-coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis. You have to pre-register on the Co-Win platform in order to get vaccinated. As per the guidelines, there is no provision for on-the-spot registrations at the vaccination sites. So enlist yourself first before heading towards to get the jab.

3. Step-by-step registration process explained

Wondering how to get to the CoWin app and register yourself? Well, according to a report, citizens who are not frontline health workers should register for the vaccine via the registration module on the CoWin app. You can download the app from Google play store or from the Apple app store. However, let us just remind you that the app is not yet launched.

According to a report, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said the Co-Win app has five modules: administrator module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgment module, and report module.

4. How will the registration app function?

The administrator module is meant for the administrators to arrange sessions. And this is how the respective vaccinators and managers will get notifications. The vaccination module will work to verify the beneficiary details and to update the vaccination status. The beneficiary acknowledgment module will send texts to the beneficiaries. It will also generate QR-based certificates after one gets the vaccine.

The report module, on the other hand, will prepare reports on various other details such as how many vaccine sessions have been conducted, how many people have attended those, how many people have dropped out. The Co-WIN mobile app will also send real-time data of the temperature of the cold-storage facilities to the main server. This is actually an extension of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system that started functioning in September.

5. Is taking vaccine compulsory? Can you skip it?

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the choice or decision of getting a vaccine for Covid-19 is purely voluntary. You can even skip it for now, or can totally depend on your hygiene and immunity to prevent getting contracted. However, you should take the complete dose of the vaccine to keep oneself safe and contain the spread of the deadly disease.

The Centre has also stated that it was advisable to receive a complete schedule of the Covid-19 vaccine irrespective of past history of infection with the pathogen. This will help develop a strong immune response. Registration of a beneficiary is mandatory for vaccination for Covid-19. If you are wondering how to register yourself for Covid-19 vaccine, only after registration, the beneficiary will get the information on the session site to visit and time. Then the process will follow step by step.

Once you receive all doses of vaccine, a QR code-based certificate will reach the registered mobile number of the beneficiary, the central government guideline states. On preventive measures and precautions, the health ministry said, “We request you to rest at the vaccination centre for at least half an hour after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. Inform the nearest health authorities/ANM/ASHA in case you feel any discomfort or uneasiness subsequently. Remember to continue following key COVID appropriate behaviours like wearing of mask, maintaining hand sanitization and physical distance.”

6. Major vaccines available in India at a glance

So far, there are six major vaccines that are available. The first one Bharat Biotech is making in collaboration with ICMR, second one is Zydus Cadila’s initiative, the third one is a product by Gennova, Oxford vaccine, trial of which is conducted by Serum Institute of India, Sputnik V vaccine which Dr Reddy’s Lab, Hyderabad, in collaboration with Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre is making, and the sixth one manufactured by Biological E Ltd, Hyderabad, in collaboration with MIT, USA are undergoing clinical trials in India. Though it is known how to register yourself for Covid-19 vaccine, it is still not known which vaccine the first phase of beneficiaries will receive.

7. Will the Covid-19 vaccines be effective?

According to experts, although there’s a strong protection against Covid-19 after one receives the vaccination, there’s still a chance that one could get the virus after getting vaccine. We can’t say with complete certainty that you will not contract the virus. The vaccine takes time to provide protection, and no vaccine is perfect.

If you look at the Pfizer vaccine, it is 95 percent effective, according to evidence by regulators. The Moderna vaccine appears to be about 94 percent effective. But even after getting these vaccines, it may take several weeks for the body to start building immunity after the vaccination. This means that someone could get sick with the virus just before or even just after getting the vaccination.

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