Registrations for the latest round of vaccination will open in the next 48 hours on the CoWin platform. All above 18, now eligible for vaccination from May 1, can register for their shot starting April 24, Saturday, on the CoWin platform here.

The rush at vaccination centres is expected to increase sharply in view of India’s ambitious move to expand the vaccination programme at a time when the country is reeling from a brutal second wave of infections that is setting grim records every passing day.

India is facing the world’s worst COVID-19 surge after its daily cases surpassed the US on Thursday.

According to the new vaccine rules, states and private entities can buy vaccines directly for inoculations. The centre will continue to vaccinate those declared eligible so far – frontline workers, health workers and those above 45.

Apart from Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, Russia’s Sputnik will soon be used, the government says.

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