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Covid-19: You’ll now have option to walk in, register & get vaccinated

NEW DELHI: As the vaccination drive against Covid-19 is set for a big ramp up from March 1, expanding coverage beyond healthcare and frontline workers, the Centre said the vaccine could be accessed through three routes — advance self-registration, onsite registration and facilitated cohorts.

Details of the next phase of vaccination were discussed at a high-level meeting where the Centre advised states on several processes, including features of Co-Win version 2.0, beneficiary registration options, identity verification and facilities needed at public and private hospitals.

Vaccination will be free of charge at government vaccination centres. Those taking the vaccine at any designated or empanelled private health facility will have to "pay a pre-fixed charge", the health ministry said.

India will start vaccinating people above 60 years and those over 45 years with comorbidities from March 1. These are part of an estimated 27 crore people covered in this phase and include those aged 50 plus who will be given the shots a little after the seniors.

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