Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday got vaccinated in the second phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive. PM Modi was administered the first dose of the Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS, New Delhi. After being administered the COVID-19 vaccine, PM Modi took to Twitter and urged those who are eligible to get vaccinated to follow the suit.

The second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive will cover all persons over 60 years old and those persons who are above 45-years and suffer from co-morbidities. The second phase initiates amid news of a sharp increase in cases across multiple states in India and discoveries of new strains of the COVID virus.

Prime Minister Modi’s small-talk with AIIMS nurse during vaccination 

At AIIMS, Prime Minister Modi was administered the first jab of the vaccine by a Puducherry-based nurse Sister P Niveda. Sister P Niveda has been with AIIMs for three years and learned on Monday morning that she will be giving the Indian Prime Minister his vaccine shot.

The nurse spoke to news media after vaccinating the Prime Minister and told the media that the Prime Minister and she had a small conversation where the former remarked: “Laga bhi diya aur pata bhi nahi chala (Already jabbed? I didn’t even feel it!).” PM Modi also asked the nurse she was from and had a small conversation with them.

“He asked where we are from, talked with us,” AIIMS nurse Sister Niveda said. The second nurse present during the Prime Minister’s vaccination Rosamma Anil said how it was a nice surprise for them and how the Prime Minister was comfortable during the process. “It was very nice. Sir also was very comfortable,” she said.

Co-WIN application glitches 

Since Monday morning, many people who installed the Centre’s announced Co-WIN 2.0 app, are reporting that the app is not sending the OTP to the user’s phone which is required to get registered for vaccination.

After a user downloads the app, a user is asked to register themself over the app through their mobile number. Once the mobile number is entered, a user is supposed to receive an OTP through which they can register themselves on the app. So far, users on Twitter have been reporting that they are not receiving any OTPs on their phones.

Indian citizens will be able to book an appointment for vaccination anywhere they are using the centre operated Co-WIN 2.0 portal or apps such as Arogya Setu, etc. From Monday, March 1, the slot to book appointments are open from 9 AM to 3 PM.

How to register on the Co-WIN app?

STEP 1: Enter your mobile number registered with your Aadhar Card.

STEP 2: You will receive an OTP (one-time-password). Enter the OTP and click on “Verify”.

STEP 3: After being redirected to the registration page, choose a Photo ID proof.

STEP 4: Fill in relevant information like name, age, gender and upload the photo identity document.

STEP 5: If you are above 45 years or above, upload the doctor’s certificate of comorbidity to continue with registration. (if you are above 60 years, you don’t need to do anything else.

STEP 6: Click on registration.

How do I schedule an appointment to get vaccinated after registration on the Co-WIN app? 

After registering yourself, you will be able to see your account details. To schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click on Schedule Appointment.

Step 2: Find out your nearest vaccination centre by state, block or Pincode.

Step 3: If your nearest vaccination will have slots available, you will see the date and availability.

Step 4: Click the ‘book’ button after selecting the date and the centre.

Once the registration and the booking are successful, you will receive a message with the appointment details. After getting vaccinated, you will also receive a digital vaccination certificate on Aarogya Setu, DigiLocker or Co-WIN application that authenticates your information of having received the first COVID-19 vaccination dose