Covid-19 vaccine registration in India using Cowin

How to register for covid vaccine using CoWin

Appointment can be done through a common portal for adults more than 18 years from 28 April 2021 to get a vaccine. You will have to give some basic information about yourself and details of your photo identification card to get yourself registered online.

Important Key Point for covid19 vaccination for 18+

  • You have to produce one photo identification card (Adhaar card, Voter card, etc)
  • From one mobile phone number, one can register 4 people, however, each person will need their own photo identification document.
  • For all Private Hospitals, prior registration and appointment will be the only method of registration.
  • For Government hospitals, a proportion of slots will be available for online registration and appointment, the rest will be kept for on-site registration and vaccination.
  • Appointments for any date for a Vaccination Center will be closed at 12:00 pm on the day prior to the date.
  • You have to an option to choose any one vaccine (Covaxin or Covishield vaccine)

Registration Step for Covid19 Vaccine:

Step 1: First first of all you have to visit this registration link: https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in/ You will get this screen.

Step 2: Enter Mobile Number and click on “GET OTP

Step 3: Enter “OTP” received on mobile number and “Verify” your mobile number.

Step 4: Once the details are entered for registration, Click “Register” Button at the bottom right, click on “REGISTER“. on successful registration You will receives Confirmation message.

Step 5: Schedule Vaccine Appointment-

Once registration is completed; the system will show the “Account Details”. You can further add 3 more people linked with this mobile number by clicking on “Add More” button at the bottom right side of the Page.

Enter all the details of the individual to be included and then click on the “Add” button.

Booking Appointment:

You can schedule an appointment from the “Account Details” page. You can schedule an appointment at the nearby vaccination center. You can cancel/reschedule the appointment also. After Confirmation of the appointment, You can download the appointment slip. The Appointment is also shared as SMS on the registered mobile number.

Click on “Schedule” button for Booking Vaccination Appointment. The system navigates to the “Book Appointment for Vaccination” page. Search the Vaccination Centre of choice by District or Pin code.

Once “Book” button is clicked, the “Appointment Confirmation” page is displayed. Click “Confirm” button after verifying the details for final confirmation on booking.

Once confirmed, the confirmation page with “Appointment Successful” message will be displayed.

Step 6: Vaccination-You get vaccinated at the selected center on the scheduled date after verification.

Appointment for second dose will be reflected in the account details page

Dos and Don’ts

Important Link:

  1. Covid19 home website: https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
  2. Self Registration for vaccination and appointment: https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in/
  3. Find out nearest vaccination center: https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
  4. Helpline Number :+91-11-23978046, Toll Free :1075; Helpline Email ID : ncov2019@gov.in

FAQ: Covid19 Vaccination

Where should I register for the vaccination?

Register on the Co-WIN Portal and schedule your vaccination appointment. https://www.cowin.gov.in/home

Where can I get the vaccine from?

Vaccines are available from Government and Private Health Facilities as notified, known as COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs)

How do I pre-register myself online for an appointment for vaccination?

Online registration and appointment can be done through Co-WIN portal.

You will have to give some basic information about yourself and details of your photo identification card to get yourself registered online.

From one mobile phone number, one can register 4 people, however, each person will need their own photo identification document.

If Aadhar card is used as identification document, consent will be obtained and recorded.

Through the portal, you can find out the list of available CVCs and dates and time of available vaccination slots, to book an appointment as per your choice. You will need an OTP verification prior to registration and a confirmation slip/token will be generated after registration. You will also get a confirmatory sms later.

For all Private Hospitals, prior registration and appointment will be the only method of registration.

For Government hospitals, a proportion of slots will be available for online registration and appointment, the rest will be kept for on site registration and vaccination.


Appointments for any date for a Vaccination Center will be closed at 12:00 pm on the day prior to the date.

If I cannot pre-register myself online, how do I register on the spot and get vaccinated?

Those who cannot get themselves registered online can contact their local Government health workers, who will help the beneficiaries to the Government CVC for on the spot registration, appointment, verification and vaccination on the same day. Please ask your nearest Governmen health care worker to guide you about the nearest Government CVC where COVID vaccination will be available and the days of the week when this will be available. You need to carry your mobile phone and a photo identification document to get yourself vaccinated. The workers in the Government CVC will help you to register on the spot, get appointment and get vaccinated on the same day.

Can a person get the COVID-19 vaccine without registration with Health Department?

No, the registration of beneficiary is mandatory for vaccination for COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, notification and information about the vaccine session date and time will be shared with the beneficiary. There will be a provision for walk-in to vaccination centres but they too would need to register on site before vaccination.

What documents are required for registration of eligible beneficiary?

Any of the below mentioned ID with Photo may be produced at the time of registration:Aadhaar Card
Driving License
Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Job Card
Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
PAN Card
Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
Passport
Pension Document
Service Identity Card issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ Public Limited Companies
Voter ID
People with comorbidities will have to carry the certificate of comorbidities, in the format shared here by a registered medical practitioner.

Will a Photo ID be required at the time of registration?

The Photo ID produced at the time of registration must be produced and verified at the time of vaccination.

How will the beneficiary receive information about due date of vaccination?

Following online registration, beneficiary will receive SMS on their registered mobile number about the due date, place and time of vaccination.

Will vaccinated beneficiaries receive information on the status of their vaccination after completion?

Yes. On getting due dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the beneficiary will receive SMS on their registered mobile number. After all doses of vaccine are administered, a QR code based certificate will also be sent to the registered mobile number of the beneficiary.

Will I get any certificate that I am vaccinated?

Yes, a provisional certificate would be provided after the first dose. On completion of second dose, when you receive the message for completion of schedule it would include a link to download digital certificate of vaccination for your perusal. This certificate can be then be saved in the digi-locker.

Can a person presently having COVID-19 (confirmed or suspected) infection be vaccinated?

Person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of spreading the same to others at vaccination site. For this reason, infected individuals should defer vaccination for 14 days after symptoms resolution.

Is it necessary for a COVID-19 recovered person to take the vaccine? And if I had COVID-19 infection and was treated, why should I receive the vaccine?

Yes, it is advisable to receive complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine irrespective of past history of infection with COVID-19. This will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease. Development of immunity or duration of protection after COVID-19 exposure is not established therefore it is recommended to receive vaccine even after COVID-19 infection. Wait for 4-8 weeks after recovery from COVID symptoms before getting the vaccine.

What are the contraindications for this vaccine?

Persons with history of:Anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Immediate or delayed-onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food-items etc.
Pregnancy & Lactation:Pregnant & Lactating women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy; and lactating women should not receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time
Provisional / temporary contraindications:In these conditions, COVID-19 vaccination is to be deferred for 4-8 weeks after recovery
Persons having active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
SARS-COV-2 patients who have been given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma
Acutely unwell and hospitalized (with or without intensive care) patients due to any illness.

Is it important for me to receive the same vaccine during second dose?

As the vaccines available are not interchangeable, it is important to receive the second dose of same vaccine as the first one. The Co-WIN portal is also going to help to ensure that everyone receives the same vaccine.

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