‘What should we do now’, Covaxin takers seek clarity on foreign travel – Times Now

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Key Highlights

  • Health Ministry has allowed beneficiaries seeking to undertake foreign travel for educational purposes, for employment opportunities & contingent to Tokyo Olympic Games, for now to get their second jab of Covishield vaccination after 28 days
  • “Government is looking at ways to provide ease to Covaxin beneficiaries soon,” a top Health Ministry official

New Delhi: Indian students who need to travel abroad for higher studies and those who work in foreign companies having taken the indigenous Covaxin are now in a fix as the vaccine is yet to get Emergency Use Listing by World Health Organization which may deeply impact their plan.

“I took the 1st jab of Covaxin and will be taking 2nd one also as I need to travel to the UK in coming month, but there is no clarity on COVAXIN stand on international ( WHO ) recognition and validity,” said Pratik Prakash who is a Principal Engineer in the United Kingdom.

This issue gains prominence because students who have taken COVISHIELD jabs will be given vaccination certificates which that can be linked to passports, but the Government of India has not provided details of what needs to be done if a person has taken COVAXIN.

“I received my first dose of Covaxin last month and I am yet to get my second dose. I am starting my MS at Stanford University, but the lack of clarity on Covaxin is bothering me…I am not sure whether I should get the second dose or get double vaccinated with Covishield,” said Raghav Sharma, an Environmental Engineer.

Health Ministry has allowed beneficiaries seeking to undertake foreign travel for educational purposes, for employment opportunities & contingent to Tokyo Olympic Games, for now, to get their second jab of Covishield vaccination after 28 days as compared with the earlier mandated gap of 84 days.

This facility will be available to those who need to travel abroad for the above-mentioned purposes up to August 31.

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The vaccination certificates of such travellers will be linked to their passports.

The Health Ministry said that currently COVAXIN is not listed with CoWin certificates model which links to the passport of such travelers but the government is looking at ways to provide ease to Covaxin beneficiaries soon.

“Currently Covaxin is not listed with CoWin certificates model which links to the passport of such travelers… but the government is looking at ways to provide ease to Covaxin beneficiaries soon,” a top Health Ministry official said when asked on this issue.

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