At 9 am on March 1, 2021, India began the second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive against Coronavirus.

The second phase will cover the next priority age group -- those aged over 60 and those between 45 to 59 years of age suffering from pre-specified co-morbidities.

From 9 am onwards, people can register and book an appointment for vaccination using the COWIN 2.0 portal or the Arogya Setu app.

All vaccines will be provided free at the government health facilities while private facilities will charge Rs 250 per person per dose. The Rs 250 charge includes Rs 150 for vaccines and Rs 100 as operational charges.

As many as four beneficiaries can be registered through one mobile number. However, norms state that all those registered on a particular phone number will have nothing in common except the mobile number. 

Each beneficiary must carry at least one photo identity document -- aadhar card, voter ID card, passport, driving license, PAN card, NPR smart card and pension document with a photograph -- for availing online registration.

The government has released a user manual to enable people to smoothly register themselves for vaccination. Click HERE to access that user manual.

Over 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, 600 hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme and other private hospitals empanelled under state schemes can function as COVID Vaccination Centres.

Click to access the list of private hospitals: CGHS | PMJAY

The list of co-morbidities identified for those between 45 to 59 years of age include:

1) Heart Failure with hospital admission in past one year

2) Post Cardiac Transplant/Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

3) Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF <40%)

4) Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease

5) Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH

6) Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/PTCA/MIAND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

7) Angina and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

8) CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

9) Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

10) Diabetes (> 10 years or with complications) and Hypertension on treatment

11) Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/On wait-list

12) End-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis/CAPD

13) Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications

14) Decompensated cirrhosis

15) Severe respiratory disease with hospitalizations in the last two years/FEV1 <50%

16) Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma

17) Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 1st July 2020 or currently on any cancer therapy

18) Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major

19) Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection

20) Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with the involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness