CoWIN Certificates to be linked with passports; Covishield to be administered 28 days after the 1st dose for international travel requirements

Last Updated: June 8, 2021, 0950hrs 

On Monday, the centre said that the students and those travelling abroad for jobs or as part of the Indian contingent for Tokyo Olympic Games can take the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Covishield after 28 days and they may get their CoWIN vaccination certificates linked to their passport.

As per the revised rules, this facility will be available to only those who need to undertake international travel for the specified purposes till August 31 this year.

The Co-WIN system will soon provide the facility for the administration of the second dose in such exceptional cases, the ministry said.

At present, based on the recommendations of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), the schedule of the Covishield vaccine is to administer the second dose at 12-16 weeks interval (i.e. after 84 days), after the administration of first dose.

The Ministry said it was advised that vaccination may be availed in such cases through passport, which was 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 is to be printed in the vaccination certificate and mention of the passport in the vaccination certificate must not to be insisted upon.

The new rules also said that mentioning of vaccine-type as “Covishield” is sufficient and no other qualifying entries are required in the vaccination certificates.

Wherever necessary, the competent authority may also issue another certificate linking the vaccination certificate with the passport number of the beneficiary.

The Union Health Ministry has also issued SOPs in this regard and States/UTs have been advised to widely publicise and take all necessary measures to immediately implement these SOPs.

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