For those who are travelling abroad for job, education and sports, the Delhi government has set up a dedicated vaccination facility at Navyug School, Mandir Marg. The vaccination centre is getting functional from June 14, 2021 and will vaccinate people travelling internationally for work, studies or sports. At this centre, citizens with relevant documents who need to travel abroad before August 31, 2021, can get their vaccines within 28 to 84 days of taking their first Covishield dose. Those who want to get vaccinated will have to show their passports and other documents to prove the reason for their travel.
Indians Travelling Abroad For Job, Education Or Olympics To Get Vaccines On Priority
International travellers belonging to special categories now have special SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. If they meet these criteria, they can get their second dose of the Covid vaccination sooner. This move is aimed at easing travel for those commuting to another country for education, a job or as part of India’s Tokyo Olympics contingent. The passports of these travellers will be linked to their CoWIN certificates. This will be applicable till August 31, 2021.
Who Will Get The Special Dispensation?
A statement by the Press Information Bureau states, “With the receipt of several representations for allowing administration of a dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken the first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or for participation in India’s Contingent for Tokyo Olympic Games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, the issue was discussed in Empowered Group 5 (EG-5) and appropriate recommendations have been received in this context.”
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) June 7, 2021
The statement adds that the special dispensation will be available to-
- Students who have to undertake foreign travel for the purposes of education.
- Persons who have to take up jobs in foreign countries.
- Athletes, sportspersons and accompanying staff of Indian contingent attending International Olympic Games be held in Tokyo.
What Are The Conditions?
Governments of states and Union Territories will assign an accountable authority in every district for granting approval for such administration of the second dose of Covishield.
The competent authority shall check the following before granting approval for the administration of the second dose before the period of 84 days after the date of the first dose-
- 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 —
i. Admission Offers or associated formal communications for the of education
ii. Whether a person is already studying a foreign educational institution and has to return to that institution for continuing their education
iii. Interview calls for a job or offer letters for taking up employment
iv. Nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic games