The Indian government, in June 2012, considering the needs of people flying internationally, has given a set of guidelines for those who are planning to study abroad.
As per the guidelines, those traveling abroad for education, jobs, and Indian contenders for Tokyo Olympics have to get their CoWIN certificate attached to their passport. This would allow them to take the second dose of the vaccine 28 days after getting the first shot. The government appointed a competent authority in every district of states and union territories to supervise the permission for the second dose of the vaccines.
The competent authority will examine whether or not there is a gap of 28 days between the two doses. They will also check admission offers, letters of the interview, calls for a job, nominations in the case of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Furthermore, the guidelines state that people can use a passport as an ID to get Vaccinated in this case, the passport number is easily printed on the certificate. If they don’t have a passport while taking the first dose they can use other ID proofs, and that will be printed on the Vaccination certificate.
However, there will be no insistence on mentioning the passport in the Vaccination certificate. The component authority will give another certificate that attaches the passport to the Vaccination certificate wherever required. Indians, who are planning to travel abroad up to 31 August 2021 for specific reasons, can avail of this.
Moreover, special Vaccination sites are also set up in many states in India for students going abroad. Various countries like the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, and others have made it compulsory for international students to get Vaccinated since they are resuming the physical lectures.
The United Kingdom put India on the red list, and Indian students who fly to Uk have to be in quarantine for 10 days. The newly issued rules mention ‘Covishield’ under vaccine type is enough in the Vaccination certificates.
There is also a predicament in the type of vaccines one takes. Since the WHO has not yet finished reviewing Covaxin and Sputnik vaccines, few countries and universities are not accepting anyone who has taken these vaccines.
The New York Times, for instance, reported a case of how the type of vaccination plays a crucial role. A student from India pursuing the master’s at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs had to get revaccinated despite having had two doses of Covaxin.
Nevertheless, the developers of Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin have rejected the reports that claimed those who are fully vaccinated with Covaxin may not be allowed to travel internationally due to pending approval from WHO. The vaccine developers insist that a pre-qualification from WHO is not a requirement for Covaxin beneficiaries to get a vaccine passport.
Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, to India Today, said, “So far there’s no consensus at the level of WHO over this. Discussion is still being done if vaccinated people will be allowed. As of now, as per WHO guidelines and guidelines by other countries, people with a negative Covid test report are being allowed.”