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Consider Covishield & Covaxin under Green Pass: India

Consider Covishield & Covaxin under Green Pass: India

Currently, Covishield and Covaxin vaccines are using for vaccination against COVID-19 in India. However, international travellers who want to visit the European Union (EU) countries are facing troubles with these vaccines as they were not included under the Green Passport scheme.

Green Passport or green pass is the EU Digital COVID certificate. It is digital proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from the infection. The certificate has all details of a person like name, date of birth, date of issuance, the name of the vaccine. If a person gets a negative RT-PCR result or recovered from Covid-19 infection, it will also be displayed on the certificate.

The green pass aims to remove travel barriers among countries that have been placed due to the pandemic. It came into effect on July 1, 2021. The green pass is mandatory to travel to European countries.

As per it, people who took vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will have no travel restrictions within the EU. The remaining people have to follow travel restrictions. At present, EMA approved the vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

In this context, India requested the members of the EU to consider Covishield and Covaxin vaccines under its Green Passport scheme and allow Indians who took these vaccines to travel to European countries. It also asked the member nations to accept the vaccination certificate issued through the CoWIN portal.

Both COVID-19 vaccines of India, Covishield and Covaxin were not included under the EU’s ‘Green Passport’ scheme.

Hence, India requested the EU to consider people who took both these vaccines under its green pass. Or else it will follow a reciprocal policy. People from the EU will have to follow similar travel restrictions like quarantine upon their arrival in India.

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