“More than 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Schemes can function as COVID Vaccination Centres,” the health ministry said in a statement.
The next phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive for the age-appropriate population groups will commence from March 1, 2021.
“Registration will open at 9:00 am on March 1 2021 (at www.cowin.gov.in). Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu, etc.” the ministry said.
This information was shared during the orientation workshop organised by the Union health ministry and National Health Authority (NHA) for 10,000 private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, over 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government’s Health Insurance Schemes, on Co-WIN2.0.
The modalities of the new features integrated in the CoWIN2.0 digital platform were explained to them.
The private empanelled COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA).
The participants were explained that all citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 60 years or more as on January 1, 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 45 years to 59 years as on January 1, 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities.
There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3:00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.
For example, for March 1, the slots will be open from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm on March 1 and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability.
However, on March 1, an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available.
A slot for the second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Center on the 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled.
The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step-by-step process.
With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number. The Photo ID Card Number for each such beneficiary must be different.
Either of the following Photo Identity Documents can be used by citizens for availing of online registration – Aadhar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card Pension Document with photograph.
The states have been requested to operationalize the linkages between the COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) (both government & private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).