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

How to find the nearest Covid-19 vaccination center

India is using Covaxin and Covishield as part of current vaccination campaigns. Covaxin was developed by Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV). On the other hand, Covishield was developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). To find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination center, users can go to the CoWIN portal or the MapMyIndia website. Follow the steps below to find your nearest vaccination center.

  1. Go to cowin.gov.in.Scroll down on the home page and for the section Find your nearest vaccination center.

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

  3. For a more refined search, click current location in the tab next to the map, then press go. You can also enter your password 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 directions on how to get there.

  5. Sign up to access all features on the website.After logging in, press current location In the search box or enter the address or place name or eLoc of your interest. eLoc is a 6-character numeric address anywhere in India – a precise PIN code that represents a doorway 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. The address is pinned to the map with an injection sign describing it as a registered vaccination center.

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

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