The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that prior booking and pre-online registration were not mandatory for COVID-19 vaccination.
The ministry said anyone aged 18 years or more can ‘walk-in’ for vaccination. “Anyone above 18 years can go directly to the vaccination centre wherein the vaccinator performs the on-site registration and provides vaccination,” the ministry added.
The ministry said that CoWin platform is just one of the many modes of registration for vaccinations apart from walk-ins.
“The facilitators such as health workers or ASHAs, also mobilise beneficiaries in rural areas and those residing in urban slums, for on-site registration and vaccination directly at the nearest vaccination centers, ” the ministry said.
The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has gone past 25.87 crore, the Union health ministry said on Monday.
Cumulatively, 4,34,35,032 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose while 8,33,808 have received the second dose across the country since the start of the third phase of the vaccination drive against the viral disease.
The vaccination exercise, as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19, continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.
The government has assured that it is targeting to fully cover at least the entire adult population of about 94 crores by the year-end.
(with inputs from PTI)
(Edited by: By Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST