For foreign travel CoWIN certificates to be linked to passports

For foreign travel CoWIN certificates to be linked to passports

Persons undertaking international travel for educational purposes, or employment opportunities, or as part of India’s contingent for Tokyo Olympic games will have to get their CoWIN certificates to be linked to their passport for covid-19 vaccination, the centre said on Monday.

Following several representations that the Union health Ministry received for allowing administration of second dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or as part of India’s contingent for Tokyo Olympic games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, Union Health Ministry has written to States/UTs to facilitate vaccination of such persons. The Ministry on Monday issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) in this regard which have been conveyed to States/UTs.

At present, based on the recommendations by National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for covid-19 (NEGVAC), the schedule of Covishield vaccine under National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy is to administer the 2nd dose at 12-16 weeks interval (i.e. after 84 days), after administration of 1st dose.

With the receipt of several representations for allowing administration of dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or for participation in India’s Contingent for Tokyo Olympic games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, the issue was discussed in Empowered Group 5 (EG-5) and appropriate recommendations have been received in this context.

“With a view to providing full coverage of vaccination and facilitating international travel for such genuine reasons, the following procedure shall be followed for administration of second dose of Covishield vaccine for such beneficiaries. This special dispensation will be available to —Students who have to undertake foreign travel for the purposes of education, Persons who have to take up jobs in foreign countries, Athletes, Sportspersons and accompanying staff of Indian contingent attending International Olympic Games be held in Tokyo,” union health ministry said in a statement,

The central government said that the States/UT governments shall designate a competent authority in each district for according permission for such administration of second dose of Covishield.

“The competent authority shall check the following before according a permission for administration of second dose before the period of 84 days after date of first dose —whether a period of 28 days has elapsed after the date of first dose, genuineness of the purpose of travel based on documents related to admission Offers or associated formal communications for the of education, whether a person is already studying a foreign educational institution and has to return to that institution for continuing their education, interview calls for a job or offer letters for taking up employment and Nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic games,” the government said…Read more>>

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