Covid Virus vaccination against COVID-19 Registration for all the people aged above 18 will begin on the CoWIN platform and Aarogya Setu app from April 28 central government announced. However, they will get appointments only after hospitals publish their schedules on CoWin, the nodal site for coordinating the vaccine drive.
On Monday, the Centre announced that everyone above 18 years old will be eligible for a vaccine from May. Estimates for India’s adult population range from 800 to 900 billion and discounting those above 45 years and the 130 million who’ve got at least one dose — atleast 500-600 million are expected to register for doses from Saturday.
Unlike the ongoing vaccination drive, where the Centre is the sole buyer and supplier of vaccines to States, the May rollout will also include doses that have been independently purchased by States from vaccine manufacturers. It could also include shots of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine authorised by the Central Drug Regulator.
However, both Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India are fulfilling existing commitments to the Centre and have said that they are unable to substantially ramp up supply before July. It’s also unclear when the first doses of Sputnik V will be available.
Earlier, reports had erroneously claimed that the registration would begin from April 24. However, the Centre has clarified that the registration would start only on April 28 through the CoWIN platform or Aarogya Setu app.