With positive cases of COVID-19 rising again in India, effective vaccination campaigns are more important than ever. Currently, the government is in the third phase of the vaccination campaign and has approved the injection for all citizens over the age of 45. In private hospitals, one COVID-19 vaccination costs Rs. 250, while government hospitals provide it for free. India has approved two vaccines – Covaxin and Covishield. To find the nearest vaccination centre, eligible citizens can go to the CoWIN portal or MapMyIndia online.

How to find the nearest Covid-19 vaccination center

Covaxin and Covishield are being used in India as part of the current vaccination campaign. Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV). Covishield, on the other hand, was developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). To find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination centre, users can head to the CoWIN portal or the MapMyIndia website. Follow the steps below to find your nearest vaccination center.

  1. Go to cowin.gov.in.On the home page scroll down and find the section Find your nearest vaccination center.

  2. The map of India is embedded in this section and you can scroll to your region to see the vaccination centers there.

  3. For a more refined search, click the current position In the tab next to the map, press the go. You can also enter your PIN to access all vaccination centers in the area.

  4. The list includes the names of hospitals and vaccination centers near you.It gives you the full address of the center and has a get directions Open the button on the MapMyIndia portal for instructions on how to get there.

  5. Register to access all features on the site.After logging in, press current position In the search box or enter your address or place name or eLoc of interest. An eLoc is a 6-character numeric address anywhere in India – an exact representing a door anywhere.

  6. click Vaccination Center Options in the left menu. The platform will provide a list of nearby options and their distance from your location. These addresses are pinned to the map with injection signs, indicating that it is a registered vaccine center.

  7. click get directions Further get accurate turn-by-turn and real-time navigation to this vaccine center.

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