Mumbai: The central government on Tuesday announced that pre-registration or pre-booking of appointment is not mandatory for availing COVID-19 vaccination services.
The clarification comes after several people in rural areas reportedly faced problems in vaccination.
The government further said that anyone 18 years of age or above can directly visit the nearest vaccination centre, where the vaccinator registers on-site and administer the vaccine in the same visit.
This procedure is normally called ‘walk in’.
The Center further said that the facilitated registration through Common Service Center (CSC) on Co-Win is one of the many modes of registration on Co-Win.
Health workers or facilitators like ASHA are mobilizing beneficiaries living in rural areas and urban slums directly at the nearest vaccination centres for on-site registration and vaccination. The facility of assisted registration through the 1075 helpline has also been made operational.
The officials noted that all the above methods, especially operationalized for rural areas, are functional and enable equitable access to vaccination in rural areas.
This is evident from the fact that, as of June 13, out of 28.36 crore beneficiaries registered on Co-Win, 16.45 crore (58%) beneficiaries have been registered in on-site mode. In addition, 19.84 crore doses (approximately 80% of all vaccine doses) have been administered through onsite/walk-in immunization out of the total 24.84 crore vaccine doses recorded on Co-Vin as of 13th June 2021.
According to the Health Ministry, out of the total 69,995 vaccination centres so far classified by states on Co-WIN as rural or urban, 49,883 vaccination centres, i.e. 71%, are located in rural areas.