About the COVID-19 Vaccine in India

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Post months of trials, the Government of India has introduced two COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine Name




AstraZeneca with Oxford University

82.4% effective when the dosing interval is 12 weeks or more


Indian firm Bharat Biotech

81% effective at a four-week interval between two doses


As per the official data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has launched the world’s largest inoculation drive.


Importance of COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is important for you because:

  • It produces spike protein to help build immunity
  • It reduces the chances of contracting the virus
  • It reduces the seriousness of the infection if a vaccinated individual contracts the virus 
  • It is the only ammunition we have against the pandemic
  • It is the safest way to build protection

Who will get the vaccine?

Vaccination drive in India is happening in clearly designed phases:


Started From

Target Group to be Vaccinated

First Phase

16th January 2021

Healthcare and frontline workers, including sanitation workers, police personnel and disaster management workers

Second Phase

1st March 2021

People above 60 years and those above 45 years with co-morbidities

Third Phase

1st April 2021

Everyone above 45 years

Fourth Phase

1st May 2021

Everyone above the age of 18 years


What are the steps to get vaccinated?


Presently, vaccines are available from the Government and notified Private Healthcare Facilities, known as COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs).

To schedule your vaccination appointment, you can:

  • Register on the Co-WIN Portal with a Photo ID Card.
  • You can register four people through one mobile number.
  • Find available CVCs on the portal along with vaccination slots, date and time.
  • Book as per your preference and availability.
  • Get an OTP verification before registration.
  • Get a confirmation slip and SMS after registration. 

In case of walk-in to vaccination centres (only for above 45 years of age), you would still need to get yourself registered on-site before vaccination.

Things to note before the vaccination

  • Any medications to be avoided: At present, neither the Government nor the vaccine manufacturers have given any specific instructions.
  • Any vaccine risks for people with co-morbidities: The vaccine is completely safe and effective for people with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, lipid disorders, kidney disorders, etc.
  • Any vaccine side-effects during menstruation: It is safe to take the vaccine during the menstrual cycle.

However, for all the above queries, you can consult your doctor before registering with the vaccine.


Things to remember after the vaccination 


Like any other vaccine, even with COVID-19 vaccines, you might experience mild to moderate side effects. These can include:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Pain or swelling at the injection site
  • Redness at the injection site
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Irritability 

All these side effects are short-term and go away within a few days. You can take medication for one or more of the side-effects after proper consultations with your doctor.

Covid-19 Vaccine Registration FAQs

Where can I register for the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Log into the Co-WIN portal - www.cowin.gov.in
  • Choose the “Register/Sign in Yourself” tab to register for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Alternatively, you can go to the Co-WIN tab on the Arogya Setu app to register.

Where are the COVID-19 vaccines available?

COVID-19 vaccines are available at Government and Private Health Facilities authorised by the government, known as COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs)

Who can register for the vaccine?

Beginning 1st May 2021, everyone above the age of 18 years can register for the vaccine.

How many people can register on the Co-WIN portal on one mobile number?

The Co-WIN portal allows you to register four people on the same mobile number.

Is it mandatory to book your vaccine slots online for the COVID-19 vaccine?

For individuals above 45 years of age, it is not mandatory to book the slots online for the vaccination. They can get on-spot registration at the authorised vaccination centre. However, it is best if you get the online confirmation for your slot.

For everyone between 18-44 years of age, it is compulsory to book your slots online for the vaccination. On-spot registrations are not allowed for this age group

Which documents are required for COVID-19 vaccination registration?

You can register on the Co-WIN portal using any of the following ID proofs:


  • Aadhar card
  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • PAN card
  • Pension document
  • Bank passbook
  • Voter ID card
  • MGNREGA job card
  • Health insurance smart card
  • Official identity card issued by MPs, MLAs
  • Smart card by Registrar General of India
  • Service identity card 

Is there a registration charge for the COVID-19 vaccination?

No, there is no registration charge for the COVID-19 vaccination.

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