Indian government is working towards issuing digital covid-19 vaccination certificates that will be valid globally. Currently, people who get the first dose of vaccine are given a provisional certificate, while after the second dose, the person gets a final vaccination certificate in India.
“WHO is designing and working on the format of the digital certificate including various aspects that a digital certificate should contain and digital verifiability of same. As soon as they come up with the standard, we will be in full compliance with FHRI standard. So, the digital certificate issued by India will be valid everywhere,” Ram Sewak Sharma, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of covid-19 said during a dialogue in Public Affairs Forum of India .
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this week cautioned that being vaccinated against covid-19 may not prevent transmission and ‘vaccination passports’ may not be an “effective strategy” for restarting travel. Some countries in the European Union have indicated that they are attempting to create a ‘vaccine passport’ for citizens that can be used for travelling; the WHO has not supported the idea.
India currently has no such policy in either domestic or international travel but public health experts believe vaccination certificates can still boost tourism not only in India but across the world.
“Regarding international travel, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been regularly updating India’s policy as the disease transmission dynamics unfolds. Apart from negative RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection for passengers from other countries, currently, there is no such policy in place mandating vaccination certificates for travelers coming to India,” said Samiran Panda, head, epidemiology and communicable diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research and a member of the government’s National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. People who get the first dose of the vaccine are given a provisional certificate, while after the second dose, the person gets a final vaccination certificate in India. Some states in India have decided to ask for covid-19 negative test or final covid-19 vaccination certificate