Covishield, Covaxin second dose timing: When and how to book COVID vaccine second dose slot

COVID If you have been lucky enough to receive the first dose of COVID vaccination in India amid reports of vaccine shortages, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID vaccine second dose. The two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, which have been administered the most so far, have separate timing for the second dose. It’s advised to stick to the COVID vaccine second dose timing for better efficacy and optimal protection from coronavirus. You might be wondering about the COVID vaccine second dose timing and how to book COVID vaccine second dose online. We are here to help you out.

Update: Online registration is not mandatory for COVID-19 vaccination anymore. Any adult can visit the nearest vaccination centre, perform the on-site registration and receive the vaccine during the same visit. CoWIN platform is now just one of the many modes of registration for vaccinations apart from walk-ins.

When to take Covaxin/ Covishield 2nd dose?

As per the latest government notification, the Covaxin 2nd dose gap should be at least four weeks, i.e. 28 days. Those administered with this vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech, can take the second dose between four to six weeks, i.e. 28 days to 42 days, after the first dose.

Individuals who have received the first dose and got positive should defer their second dose by three months after clinical recovery from COVID-19.

The Covishield 2nd dose gap has been revised twice since the beginning of the vaccination drive in January. First, the two doses were meant to be administered four to six weeks apart. Later, the Centre revised it to four to eight weeks. Now the gap has been increased to 12 to 16 weeks, which is roughly three months after the first dose. The protection from the coronavirus is said to be optimum during this period. Additionally, Cowin will soon have the provision of scheduling the second dose of Covishield earlier than 12 weeks for foreign-bound beneficiaries.

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How to book COVID vaccine second dose online

COVID vaccine second dose online can be booked using the same platforms as the first dose such as the Cowin portal, Aarogya Setu app, and Umang app.

  • Visit any of these platforms. Alternatively, you can click on this link
  • Register with your mobile number. Use the same mobile number you used to book the first dose
  • On the account details, you’ll see details of your first COVID vaccine dose
  • Below that, you will see ‘Dose 2’ details, with the Schedule option
  • Tap on Schedule to book an appointment for the COVID vaccine second dose
  • Enter your Pin –> select the centre where vaccination is available –> choose your preferred time
  • That’s it! Your vaccine slot will be booked. Visit the centre on the day to get inoculated.

If you can’t find vaccine slots, subscribe to these COVID vaccination slots finder tools. The tools send a notification every time the slot opens at the vaccination centre near you. 

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Where can you take the second dose of COVID vaccine?

Individuals can take the second dose of COVID vaccine anywhere around the country. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same place where you got the first dose of Covishield and Covaxin.

Is the second dose of COVID vaccine free for all?

Much like the first dose, the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, whether it’s Covishield or Covaxin, will remain free at government hospitals in states that have announced free vaccination for all. In the private facility; however, the second dose of Covishield and Covaxin will be paid. You should be able to take the second dose of vaccination for free at a government hospital, even if you have paid for the first dose.