Saturday, October 23, 2021

Covishield: How to beat 84-days deadline for 2nd dose if travelling for studies

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday issued SOPs for vaccination of people undertaking international travel for education, employment, and India’s contingent for the Tokyo Olympics.

“States/UT governments shall designate a competent authority in each district for according permission for such administration of the second dose of Covishield…This facility shall be available to those who need to undertake international travel for these specified purposes in the period up to 31st August 2021,” the ministry stated.

The health ministry said that the competent authority shall ensure specific guidelines before according permission for the administration of the second dose before the period of 84 days after the first dose. The guidelines include-

  • Whether a period of 28 days has elapsed after the date of the 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 offers letters for taking up employment, nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

It is further advised that vaccination may be availed in cases through Passport which is one of the permissible ID documents as per the current guidelines so that the passport number is printed in the Certificate.

If Passport was not used at the time of administration of the first dose, the details of the photo ID Card used for vaccination will be printed in the vaccination certificate and mention of the Passport in the vaccination certificate is not to be insisted upon. Wherever necessary, the competent authority may issue another certificate linking the vaccination certificate with the passport number of the beneficiary.


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