The Centre on Monday gave its nod to on-site, or walk-in, registration of ‘a few beneficiaries” in the 18-44 age group at government-run Covid vaccination facilities to ‘minimise vaccine wastage”.
The step would help use ‘some doses… left unutilised in case online appointee beneficiaries do not turn up on day of vaccination”, the government said.
The facility of only online appointment mode given initially to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years helped to avoid overcrowding at the vaccination centres, said the ministry.
‘This feature will be used only upon the decision of the respective State/UT Government to do so. State/UT must decide on the opening of on-site registrations/facilitated cohorts’ registration and appointments for 18-44 years age group based on the local context just as an additional measure to minimize vaccine wastage and for facilitating vaccination of eligible beneficiaries in the age group 18-44 years,” the ministry said in a statement.