New Delhi, May 12:
If you or someone in your house is going to travel abroad soon, then the Government of India has made changes in the rules regarding the booster dose of Kovid vaccine for such people. The Government of India has relaxed the norms for booster dose of Kovid-19 vaccine for people traveling abroad. Citizens traveling abroad can now get the vaccine dose before the waiting period of nine months as per the guidelines of the destination country. Whereas others – people above 18 years will have to wait for a full nine months before becoming eligible. Along with this necessary changes have been made in the CoWin app.
In a tweet, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya wrote, “Indian nationals and students traveling abroad can now take necessary precautionary doses as per the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the CoWIN portal.
PTI said the decision to relax norms for foreign travelers was taken based on the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), a government panel that is overseeing the vaccination of COVID-19 in the country.
The Union Health Ministry had received several representations from people traveling abroad for jobs, professional commitments, admission to foreign schools and colleges, attending sports events and bilateral and multilateral meetings as part of India’s official delegation.
India began giving a precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and people aged 60 years and above from January 10. The comorbidity clause was removed in March, making everyone over the age of 60 eligible for the precautionary dose.
In a tweet, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Indian nationals and students traveling abroad can now take necessary precautionary doses as per the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will soon be available on the CoWIN portal.”
Story first published: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 16:20 [IST]