The government has decided to provide on-site registration / facilitated cohort registration facility on CoWIN digital platform for 18-44 years age group. However, it said that the feature is being enabled only for the Government Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs), at the present, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said.
This feature will not be available for private CVCs, who will have to publish their vaccination schedules exclusively with slots for online appointments, it clarified.
According to MoHFW, the feature will be used only upon the decision of the respective state and union territory government. The state and UT must decide on the opening of on-site registrations/facilitated cohorts’ registration and appointments for 18-44 years age group based on the local context just as an additional measure to minimize vaccine wastage and for facilitating vaccination of eligible beneficiaries in the age group 18-44 years, MoHFW added.
The union health ministry has advised the states and UTs to issue clear instructions to all District Immunization Officers to strictly adhere to the decision of respective state and UT governments regarding the extent and manner of using the on-site registration and appointment feature for 18 to 44 years age group.
Fully reserved sessions can also be organised for providing vaccination services to the beneficiaries belonging to facilitated cohorts. Wherever such fully reserved sessions are organised, all efforts must also be made to mobilize such beneficiaries in sufficient numbers.
MoHFW has further advised states and UTs that “abundant” caution should be exercised and “extreme” due care should be taken while opening up of on-site registration and appointment for 18-44 years age group, to avoid overcrowding at vaccination centres.