How to book an appointment and register on the Co-WIN portal? The country is reeling under the brutal wave of COVID-19 infections. Observing this, India has taken the ambitious move to expand the vaccination programme. That is why, the rush at vaccination centres is going to increase sharply.

How can I self-register?

Citizens will be able to register after 28 April 2021. One can book appointments for vaccination, anytime from anywhere. For registration, citizens can use the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or can do registration through the Aarogya Setu app.

How to Register on the Co-WIN portal? Use these documents

Citizens need to book their appointment with his or her mobile number — Visit Co-WIN portal at www.cowin.gov.in

There you need to fill in details like name, gender, date of birth, upload Aadhaar Card or any other photo ID proof like, Voter Card, PAN Card, Passport, Driving Licence or Pension Card.

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Once you will complete the registration process successfully, you will receive a confirmation message on the same mobile number that you will use for the registration process. A person can add 3 more beneficiaries linked with this mobile number — Use the “Add More” button.

How to book an appointment for COVID Vaccination after registration?

Eligible registered users can schedule their appointment from the ‘Account Details’ page by clicking or taping ‘schedule appointment’ on the Co-WIN portal.  There you have the option to search for the Vaccination Centre of choice by State, District, Block and Pin Code from the dropdowns.

The registered user needs to click on the Vaccination Centre of choice, for the dates and checking the availability of slots. If your preferred slot is available, you can click on the ‘Book’ button. After this, an ‘Appointment Confirmation’ page will come in front of you. Here verify your details for final confirmation and click on the ‘confirm’ button. Once you will confirm your appointment, you can download and save your scheduled appointment.

What should I do if there are no slots?

There would be some cases when you do not get the free slot listed on your screen. It clearly means, here are no availability of slots. In such cases, you have to check appointment slots for subsequent days or weeks. You can also try another vaccination centre near you.

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Can I reschedule my COVID Vaccination appointment?

Yes. Once your will fix your appointment, it can be rescheduled at any later stage. But remember to resechdule before the vaccination appointment day.

Second dose? Do I have to Register on the Co-WIN portal again?

No, if you will get the first dose of vaccination, your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically at the same vaccination centre on the 29th day after the vaccine’s first dose. If a citizen cancels his/her first dose appointment, then the appointment of the second dose will also be cancelled. In case the beneficiary has moved to different city, appointments can be scheduled again for the nearest vaccination centre in that city.

Documents you need to carry to the COVID-19 vaccination centre?

In addition to the Vaccination appointment confirmation letter, a beneficiary must have to carry the photo ID used while registering on COWIN Portal.

Do I need to register on the Co-WIN portal and get an appointment only for private facilities?

Registration and taking vaccination appointment is mandatory for both the private as well as government hospitals.

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What is a coronavirus? How coronavirus kills

Since January 2020, news showed on our televisions saying there is a virus roaming around and is deadly. First found in Wuhan, China, no proper evidence has come up indicating its origin. Taking the world by storm, shutting the global economy and making people suffer while nature thrived.

Why is coronavirus the name given to this virus?

Every country on this planet had to enforce strict lockdown to control the spread of SARS COV2, named after its crown like protein spike on its outer membrane. This virus causes a disease which is called Covid-19. This virus spreads from one person to another and can be lethal for old citizens of a country.

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How does coronavirus spread?

An adult human being releases around 3000 droplets every time he/she coughs while 10,000 droplets come out when the same person sneezes, these droplets can go as far as 1 meter and can enter other person’s body through nose or mouth which would first effect throat then lungs and furthermore as it hinders with our immune system and makes a body weak. Each droplet carries around 2 million coronaviruses.

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What is a coronavirus?

A virus is neither a living thing or a non-living, it requires a host to behave like a living thing. It is a spherical shaped virus with protein spike on the outer surface which helps it in attaching to the Ace2 receptors in our lungs. Inside the surface it contains RNA which contains instructions to reproduce.

How coronavirus kills?

Coronavirus once enters into you body via mouth or nose, then it looks for ace2 receptors which are only present in the lungs of our body. The spike protein attaches to the ace receptor, which gives a signal to the cell that it’s not a foreign body and allows it to enter through its cell membrane. It then hijacks the nucleus and instructs it to stop other functions and start producing copies of the virus. This continues till the membrane is completely filled with coronaviruses, then the membrane breaks and millions of coronaviruses. This process takes about 2-10 days, during which a patient doesn’t show any symptoms.

Our immune system then activates and starts fighting which causes fever. Fever is basically out body’s way to kill foreign objects by creating a hostile environment. 

Why is it more risky for old people?

A healthy and young body has good immunity and vigorous anti bodies building power. That’s what old people can’t do efficiently,  as they have less cell regeneration, low immunity. Which makes it difficult for an old patient, in addition to that old people these days tend to have other prior conditions resulting in serious problems for an old body.

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How does our body fight with coronavirus?

Our advanced immune system analyses the threat which in this case is coronavirus, then adapting according to it finding a solution. The Advanced immune system also known as Adaptive immune system starts forming spike like structures, which attaches to the spikes of coronavirus, stopping it from attaching to any cell membrane. And is how vaccines work too,

A vaccine is nothing but a head start, which helps our advanced immune system stay prepared and not waste time in analysing. How do they help? These vaccines contain genome structure to form these antibodies/spikes, which helps our system ready this coronavirus early and start producing antibodies from the start.

One year and a few months later, we are at a stage where we have more than 3 million death reports, and there will be many more which aren’t reported. As humanity fights through this pandemic, this world has changed. From working in an office to working from home, eating outside to cooking at home. Fighting to be even stronger.

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