COVID vaccine booster shot: How to book booster dose of Covishield, Covaxin online, eligibility, gap, cost, and more

COVID vaccine booster shot has been announced for all adults, amidst reports of the new highly transmissible COVID variant in India. The booster dose is available for all those who have taken both doses of Covishield or Covaxin in the country. The government will continue to administer the COVID vaccine to frontline workers, healthcare officials, and citizens above 60 years for free. However, individuals between the 18 and 60 age group will have to walk through private hospitals to get their booster dose. Here’s everything you need to know about the COVID vaccine booster dose, including its price and eligibility:

COVID vaccine booster dose eligibility

Starting April 10th, individuals above 18 years will be eligible for the booster shot in India. However, there needs to be a gap of nine months between the second dose of Covishield or Covaxin and the Covid vaccine booster dose. The booster dose aka precautionary dose will be the same as the Covid vaccine used for the administration of the first two doses.

COVID vaccine booster shot price, availability

The COVID vaccine booster dose for beneficiaries aged between 18 and 60 years will only be available at private vaccination sites initially. Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech have revised the prices of the respective Covishield and Covaxin in India. Covishield and Covaxin will be available at private hospitals at Rs 225 per dose, down from Rs 600 and Rs 1,200 respectively.

That said, the vaccine booster dose is free for healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years via government vaccination centres.

How to book COVID vaccine booster dose online

No fresh registration is needed for precaution dose as all due beneficiaries are already registered on CoWIN. Simply login with your registered mobile number to book your vaccine dose online. 

Book slot for 3rd dose of COVID vaccine on mobile

There are two methods to book a vaccination slot from a mobile phone. One through a browser and another through the government’s official WhatsApp chatbot. You can book the precautionary dose on a mobile browser by following the below-mentioned steps.

Via CoWIN portal

Register for 3rd vaccine dose on mobile browser

  • From your mobile browser visit cowin.gov.in
  • On the top right corner select ‘Register / Sign in’
  • Now enter your phone number to get an OTP
  • After filling in the received OTP, you’ll be logged in to your COWIN dashboard
  • On this dashboard, if you’re eligible for the precautionary dose aka 3rd dose you’ll be able to book the vaccination slot
  • Simply enter your pin code and check the available slots
  • Select your preferred timing and place
  • Download the appointment slip and you’re done

via WhatsApp

And here’s how you can book the 3rd COVID dose through WhatsApp.

Register for 3rd vaccine dose on WhatsApp

  • Add 9013151515 to your contact list or simply go to wa.me/919013151515 to directly open the chat on WhatsApp
  • Type ‘Book slot’ in the chatbox and send it 
  • You’ll receive an OTP via SMS for verification. Enter it.
  • Now follow the steps as it’ll ask your preferred date and location of vaccination, pin code, and vaccine type
  • Once done, you’ll get a confirmation regarding the appointment

Book slot for 3rd dose of COVID vaccine on computer

You can book the precautionary dose on a computer by following the below-mentioned steps.

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  • Visit cowin.gov.in on your computer/PC
  • On the top right, you’ll find the option of ‘Register / Sign in’. Click on it.
  • Now enter your phone number to get an OTP
  • After filling in the received OTP, you’ll be logged in to your COWIN dashboard
  • On this dashboard, if you’re eligible for the 3rd dose you’ll be able to book the vaccination slot for Covaxin or Covishield
  • Simply enter your pin code and check the available slots
  • Select your preferred timing and place
  • Download the appointment slip and you’re done

FAQs

Here are some answers to some of the commonly asked queries related to the 3rd dose vaccine.

Are COVID vaccines 3rd dose or booster shot free?

The price of the booster shot depends upon the vaccination centre you visit. If it’s a government-assigned location like government schools and hospitals, the vaccine doses are free of cost. On the other hand, private hospitals charge a fixed amount according to the vaccine i.e. Covaxin and Covishield.

What is the cost of COVID vaccine 3rd dose in private hospitals?

The prices of 3rd dose of COVID vaccine remain the same as the previous two doses i.e. Covaxin at Rs 1,200 per dose and Covishield at Rs 780 per dose in private hospitals.