There have been apprehensions in India that people who took Covishield and Covaxin jabs are unlikely to be eligible to travel to the European Union member states under its Green Pass scheme. The EU Digital COVID certificate or Green Pass will be mandatory to travel to European countries and the document will serve as proof that a person is vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a power move, India has notified the European Union to accept Indian-made vaccines Covieshield and Covaxin for its “vaccination passport” for Indian nationals who may be travelling to Europe. According to report, the Ministry of External Affairs is set to embark on a reciprocal process of not accepting the EU’s vaccine certificate if they don’t accept the Covieshield and Covaxin certificates.
The move comes in the wake of EU’s apparent disinclination toward accepting the Indian-made vaccines on its vaccination passport or the Green Pass scheme. With the EU relaxing travel restrictions under its ”Green Pass” scheme, India has asked the members of the 27-nation grouping to individually consider allowing Indians who have taken Covishield and Covaxin vaccines and want to travel to Europe, sources said.
As part of its reciprocity policy, India has informed the Union that it will exempt European nationals holding the Green Pass from mandatory quarantine in the country provided its request to recognize Covishield and Covaxin vaccines is heeded to, they said.