All above the age of 18 can register for COVID-19 vaccination from Wednesday, April 28, on the CoWin platform (cowin.gov.in). The government of India had announced on Monday that everyone above the age of 18 will start getting vaccinated from May 1.
The government , through its MyGov Twitter handle, issued a clarification on the registration start date after several media reports suggested that it would start from Saturday, April 24.
India is conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive, which started on January 16. The drive is being carried out in phases, starting with those above 60, from March 1, and then people above the age of 45, from April 1.
The government on Monday also made a few important decisions on vaccination and vaccine distribution. Now, the vaccine makers can sell vaccines in open market and to state governments and private hospitals.
Serum Institute of India on Tuesday announced the Covishield vaccine prices at Rs 400 for states and Rs 600 for private entities. While, it is selling the vaccine for Rs 150 to the Centre. Apart from SII’s vaccine and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, Russia’s Sputnik V will also be used to inoculate, as per the government.
On Thursday, India registered its highest single daily spike of COVID-19 cases with case toll reaching as high as 3,14,835 on Wednesday. The active caseload has also breached 22-lakh mark. Since the vaccination started, more than 130 million vaccine doses have been administered across the country.