Travelling abroad? You can get your second vaccine shot sooner. Here’s how | Condé Nast Traveller IndiaJune 8, 2021
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In order to make it easier for those travelling internationally for education, employment or as part of the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics, the central government has released a new set of SOPs regarding the gap between the two doses of Covishield. Currently, the interval required between the first and second dose of Covishield is 84 days. The new guidelines state that these special cases can get their second jab of Covishield after 28 days. These SOPs are specifically for the administration of Covishield, and have no mention or clarification regarding Covaxin.
The centre has mandated States and Union Territories to implement the necessary measures in order to facilitate international travel for anyone meeting the required criteria. These SOPs will be applicable for travellers until 31 August 2021.
Here is a look at the new guidelines:
- The authority appointed by the state will check whether a period of 28 days from the date of administration of the first dose of Covishield has been completed.
- For students travelling internationally, admissions offers or other formal communication from the educational institution needs to be presented. Formal documentation will also be required for those students returning to continue their education at an international institution.
- For those travelling for employment, interview calls or offer letters can be shown.
- Anyone part of the Indian contingent going to the Tokyo Olympics, including sportspersons, athletes and accompanying staff will have to provide their nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic games in order to travel for the same.
The guidelines also explain certain technicalities of the CoWIN vaccine certificate. The press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India mentions that it’s advised to use a passport as the ID document for the purpose of vaccination so that the passport number can be linked to the vaccination certificate. However, it also explains that in case the first dose has been linked with another ID, then the details of that ID will be printed on the vaccine certificate “and mention of the passport in the vaccination certificate is not to be insisted upon”. The press release further states that “Wherever necessary, the competent authority may issue another certificate linking the vaccination certificate with the passport number of the beneficiary.” This facility will soon be available on the CoWIN website for such special cases.