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    Govt issues COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for CGHS beneficiaries

    Govt issues COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for CGHS beneficiaries

    Govt issues COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for CGHS beneficiaries
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    By CNBCTV18.com  IST (Published)

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    The third phase of the vaccination in India began on April 1.

    With India entering its third phase of COVID-19 vaccinations on April 1, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has requested the various state governments to designate Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) wellness facilities as centres for inoculation drives, if feasible. Starting April 1, those above 45 years can get vaccinated.
    Releasing the guidelines to the CGHS beneficiaries last week, the government said in a statement that as per policy, vaccines would be provided free of cost at government facilities, while in private hospitals, the beneficiaries are required to pay Rs 250 per dose. The government has clarified that the cost would not be reimbursed, should the CGHS beneficiary opt for a private hospital.
    The ministry has also clarified that the CGHS does not have any role in the planning and operational aspect of the vaccination drive and that it was the domain of the state governments, which have listed the designated centres for inoculation.
    As per the government guidelines, CGHS beneficiaries have to register on the CoWin app and indicate the vaccination centre of their choice, and a suitable time for getting the jab, even as many private hospitals are allowing walk-ins for getting vaccinated.
    Here’s how one can book an appointment through CoWin:
    • You can register or book an appointment directly through the CoWin portal or Aarogya Setu app integrated with it.
    • On CoWin, enter your mobile number and you will get a one-time password (OTP), which you have to enter and then click on the verify button.
    • If you are registering through the Aarogya Setu app, click on the CoWin tab and proceed.
    • Then you have to fill in your details like name, year of birth and gender, besides the type photo ID proof that you will submit, on the registration page that appears after you log in.
    • Once registered, you will get a confirmation message on your registered mobile phone number.
    • After registration, you can see the account details, where you can add three more beneficiaries.
    • Then you can schedule your appointment by clicking on the calendar button in the column named ‘Action’.
    • Then you will be taken to the “Book Appointment for Vaccination” page where you will have to fill more details like state/UT, district, block and pin code. Click on the search button thereafter to get a list of vaccination centres.
    • Once you choose a centre, available dates and slots will be shown. After selecting a date and slot, click on ‘Book’. A confirmation for successful booking of an appointment will then display on your computer or phone screen.
    • If you want to reschedule, you can log in with your registered mobile number and enter the OTP. After that, you can make the changes by clicking on the edit tab in the ‘Action’ column. If you are going out of town, you can also change the centre.
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