All you need to know to get your COVID vaccine in Chennai now

Phase 2 of COVID vaccination in Chennai

A senior citizen being screened before getting vaccinated at Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital, Omandurar. Pic: Bhavani Prabhakar

Registrations for the second phase of the vaccine drive against COVID were kicked off on March 1st. In this phase, citizens above 60 years of age and people above 45 years of age with comorbidities can register themselves for getting the vaccine.

According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,  Co-WIN website is the only place for registration for common citizens and the Co-WIN mobile application is only for administrators. 


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But what is the registration process like? Is there any provision for offline registration? What are the identity proofs to be taken along? We try to answer some of the most common questions doing the rounds among citizens.

COVID vaccine. Pic: V Naresh Kumar

How to register and what is the process?

Co-WIN is the official platform for the citizens of India to register for COVID-19 vaccination and schedule their vaccination slots at the nearest vaccination centres. Citizens have to sign up on the website, and they are not permitted to sign up for vaccination through the app. 

Upon entering the mobile number, an OTP will be generated. Pic: Government of India
  • Citizens can register by logging in to the Co-WIN site. The page will ask citizens to enter their mobile number click on the option, ‘Get OTP’. The website will then send a One Time Password (OTP) to your registered mobile number.
Second step: Citizens should enter the details of their identity proof. Pic: Bhavani Prabhakar
  • Once the OTP is validated, the website will direct citizens to the registration page. Citizens should enter their personal details such as the photo identity proof they will produce (to be chosen from a given list), their date of birth as mentioned in the above proof and gender. Citizens aged above 45+ years of age should enter the comorbid conditions that make them eligible for vaccination in this phase and are mandated to carry a medical certificate at the time of vaccination.
  • Once the details are entered, click on the “Register” button at the bottom right of the page.
Additional beneficiaries linked with the same mobile number can be registered by clicking on to the ‘add’ button. Pic: Government of India
  • The system will show the “Account Details” after completing the registration process. One can add three more people linked with the same mobile number ( a maximum of four registrations for each mobile number) by clicking on the “Add More” button at the bottom right side of the webpage. Enter all the details of the individual to be included and then click on the Add button.
  • After the registration process is completed, citizens can schedule their appointment by selecting the ‘Calendar’ icon to book the appointment or click on “schedule appointment.” 
  • People can select the nearest vaccination centre. From the list, one can filter by entering their location — fill in your state, district, block and pin code. 
  • On clicking the “Search” button, citizens can see the list of vaccination centres as per the search criteria. 
  • Upon finding the vaccination centre of citizen’s choice, they can view the next available appointment slots and can see the date and time of the next available appointment.
  • The appointment can be rescheduled at any later stage but before the vaccination appointment day. To reschedule the appointment, log into the “Citizen Registration” module with the registered mobile number and select “Reschedule.”

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The second phase of vaccination for senior citizens and citizens above 45 years of age with comorbidities was kicked off on March 1st. Here is a scene from Government Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital, Omandurar. Pic: Bhavani Prabhakar

Can offline registration be done?

Yes. Besides advance online registration, on-site walk-in registration can be done. Citizens can go to their nearest vaccination centre (Urban Community Health Centres (UCHCs) or private hospitals) with valid identity proof such as Aadhaar, Voter ID, driving license, PAN card, pension document with photographs, etc. for on-site registration.

People above 45 years of age with comorbidities should carry a letter stating the comorbid conditions and any medication taken for the same.

As of now, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) does not have any plans to organise special camps for super senior citizens (aged above 95) who are ailing and are bed ridden.

What care should be taken before getting vaccinated?

Citizens are suggested to consult their family doctors before getting vaccinated. Those on anti-coagulant drugs are generally advised to refrain from taking the tablets three days before taking the vaccine, on the day of getting the jab and one day later.


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Where can you get vaccinated in Chennai?

Apart from free vaccination in state government facilities for any eligible person, the central government has permitted private hospitals to join the vaccination drive and 761 empanelled private hospitals in Tamil Nadu have expressed willingness to act as COVID vaccination centres. 

List of government vaccination centres

  • Urban Community Health Centres (UCHCs) in Chennai. Here is the complete list. 
  • Community Diseases Hospital (CDH) 
  • Govt Kilpauk Medical College Hospital 
  • Govt Royapettah Hospital 
  • Chennai Omandurar Multispeciality Hospital  
  • Chennai Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital 
  • Chennai Stanley Medical College Hospital

List of private vaccination centres

S.NoName of the vaccination centreContact details
1Public Health And Welfare SocietyDr P N Somasundaram
72999 50359
2Appasamy HospitalsAnand Sudan 
63793 50953
3Sampat Nursing HomeChandralekah 
94440 80578
4Faith Multispecialty HospitalDeepan Raj 
94441 57426
5Soorya Hospital SaligramamDr S Anandhakumar 
81225 32487
6Xcellent Care Super SpecialityDr Chanthiya 
98400 58474
7Thalessemia Welfare HospitalDr M Venkatadesikalu
98410 70249
8Prashanth Hospital VelacheryDr Muthukumaran 
98408 44668
9Adyar PM HospitalDr Shangumasundar 
88381 04445
10Bloom Health CareDr Rija 
96000 11115
11Radhatri Nethralaya, T NagarDr Vasumathy Vedantham 94426 31370
12S.G HospitalElango 
72999 35712
13Muthu HospitalIndhumathi
99623 77477
14Sakthi HospitalJothi
97909 32323
15Pavithra HospitalsJothi
98403 99993
16Dr Rai Memorial Cancer InstituteKavitha 
94440 58906
17M.N Eye HospitalKavitha P
98423 40409
18Fortis Malar HospitalKaviya 
88268 77708
19Medical Research FoundationKumar 
72998 88830
20Sundaram Medical FoundationMangai 
97513 99001
21Padmini Nursing Home, ChetpetMahendran 
97910 23518
22Kumaran Hospital KilpaukSam Stephen Raj 
99400 54344
23Apollo Childrens HospitalCalssveelor Dass
98419 73909
24Gem Hospital and Research Ctr Pvt.LtdJai Ganesh 
94873 20000
25CSI Kalyani General HospitalJayanth
98404 11877
26M R HospitalMahesh 
93810 06488
27K.V.T Speciality HospitalMeenachisundaram 
94444 08237
28Noble HospitalNikhil 
85089 99999
29Apollo GreamsRajesh Kanna 
99439 94488
30VS Hospitals India Pvt LtdRamesh 
94444 08400
31Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust HospitalRamesh Krishnan 
87544 26447
32Bharathirajaa Speciality HospitalRichart
98401 12410
33Veecare HospitalSenthil 
96770 00099
34Dr Mehtas Hospitals ChetpetVenkatesh 
98400 76779
35CSI Rainy Multispeciality HospitalSubashini 
98404 11877
36Prime Indian Hospitals Pvt LtdGreepriya 
99655 83140
37Billroth Hospitals Shenoy NagarJayaprakesh 
97909 74664
38Lifeline Multispeciality HospitalRenuga
98406 33331
39SIMS, VadapalaniSudha 
98401 38383
40Murugan Hospital kilpaukAmala 
98407 17032
41Chennai Urology and Robotics Institute, OMRGayathri
96262 19328
42New Hope Medical CenterKalai Selvi
99655 33140
43Apollo Specialty HospitalNaseema
98419 73909
44Voluntary Health Services, Taramani Sivasankari 
98410 48487
45KKR ENT Hospital And InstituteVimala 
98842 91020
46Life Med Hospitals94441 32006
47Chennai National HospitalParthasarathy
95435 91388
48Madras ENT Research FoundationPrakash 
98407 33366
49Nichani Hospital RoyapuramPrashanthi 
94444 61597
50MGM HospitalRafiq 
96000 48805
51Dr. Agarwals Eye HospitalRajesh 
94444 48621
52Billroth,ChennaiRavi 
98405 33667
53Apollo Spectra Hospital, R.A PuramSakthikumaran 
98419 73909
54Laksha HospitalSenthil 
95000 54797
55Kavery Hospital ChennaiSridhar
81449 38757
56Cancer Institute AdyarSrividhya
94440 61914
57Medway HospitalSubhashini
98410 26161
58Venkataeswara Hospital, NandhanamT Saravanan 
93606 08702
59Vijaya HospitalVijaya 
99419 06328
60MK Speciality ClinicVijayanandh
95662 55772
61Aysha Hospital KilpaukSathish Kumar 
95143 19522
62Sen Hospital PeramburVenkatesan 
98402 43833
63Annai Multispeciality, Virugambakkam 98404 55366
64Abhijay Hospital, PeramburAbhijay 
93615 75757
65Hycare Super Speciality HospitalAshitha 
73584 85718

How much should private hospitals charge for vaccination?

The Government of India has permitted private hospitals to recover Rs 150 per person per dose as cost of the vaccine. Private hospitals acting as COVID vaccination centres would be additionally permitted to recover a service charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 100 per person per dose. Hence a total amount up to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose can be charged by the private hospitals.

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(Inputs from Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Department)

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Bhavani Prabhakar was Staff Reporter at Citizen Matters Chennai.

11 Comments

  1. I and my wife are registered for covid vaccination…how to schedule our vaccination… please fix a centre nearer to our home… Ayapakkam, Chennai-77

    • I am a senior citizen aged 84 years registered for the vaccination through the govt website cowin.govt.org and selected a corporate hospital in Velachery and scheduled for the afternoon slot on 05/03/2021 and got the confirmation printed out. When I approached the hospital I was given rude shock. The person who was in the reception told me that the online scheduling has nothing to do and told me that next available slot is only on the 11th March and if I am interested I can have the vaccination on 11th March and gave me an Application form writing my name on the corner of the form and time scheduled as 1:00 PM. I just want to know procedure followed by the Govt.is wrong or the Hospital. What is the fun in having a website for choosing a Hospital and scheduling. I have unnecessarily travelled 8 KM and got fooled. Will anybody be able to explain this.

  2. While the vaccination charges are free at the Government hospitals, at the private hospitals, the charges are pegged at Rs.250 per shot. In order to facilitate more number of people taking the jab, the government must bring down the charges at the private hospital. Considering that the State Government has assured that vaccine shall be made available to all at free of cost, there is no reason why it should be at a price at the private hospitals. Maybe, the private hospitals can take a token amount say Rs.100/= as a gesture to the public, and, in this manner, many people can be vaccinated.

    • Those who can pay the amount, go to private hospitals.This will reduce the rush/ pressure at Government hospitals.I think the cost is reasonable.

  3. I am a senior citizen aged 84 years registered for the vaccination through the govt website cowin.govt.org and selected a corporate hospital in Velachery and scheduled for the afternoon slot on 05/03/2021 and got the confirmation printed out. When I approached the hospital I was given rude shock. The person who was in the reception told me that the online scheduling has nothing to do and told me that next available slot is only on the 11th March and if I am interested I can have the vaccination on 11th March and gave me an Application form writing my name on the corner of the form and time scheduled as 1:00 PM. I just want to know procedure followed by the Govt.is wrong or the Hospital. What is the fun in having a website for choosing a Hospital and scheduling. I have unnecessarily travelled 8 KM and got fooled. Will anybody be able to explain thgis.

  4. I had heart bye pass surgery 10 years back and take some medicines as advised by the surgeon continuously. should i get vaccinated safely now.

  5. I have received covid vaccination from the walk in facility on 2nd March at the Urban Community Health Centre at Kotturpuram. How can I get the vaccination certificate.?

  6. In Ayanavaram at public health centre near market there is no crowd , my parents went today just walked in without any appointment and got vaccinated at no cost. They have vaccinated with COVIDSHIELD. This article is very much useful.

  7. I GOT VACCINATED ON 5TH MARCH 2021IN M/S APOLLO SPECIALITY HOSPITALS PERUNGUDI CHENNAI; SHOWING MY AADHAR CARD. BUT TILL DATE I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY MESSAGE FOR HAVING BEEN VACCINATED. HOW CAN I GET MY CERTIFICATE PLEASE

  8. I got vaccinated at Faith Multispeciality Hospital, villivakkam, on 01 March. Till now I have not received any customer ID and no confirmation about my vaccination.Should I go for second dose ?

  9. My self aged 74 and wife aged 67 got vaccinated first dose at ESI HOSPITAL KK NAGAR on
    03.03.2021 No receipt given Informed SMS wiil come in 3days Till now no SMS 13/14 digit
    ID also not sent to my registered mobile to enable us down load receipt.
    kindly help us to get out ID at the earliest. Thanking you

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