Centre issues SOPs for states for global travel

The Centre said state governments have to designate a competent authority for according permission to administer the second dose of Covishield before completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of the first dose for people undertaking international travel for education or employment.

The Union Health Ministry issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for vaccination of people undertaking international travel for educational or employment, or as part of the national contingent for Tokyo Olympics.

“States/UT governments shall designate a competent authority in each district for according permission for such administration of the second dose of Covishield…This facility shall be available to those who need to undertake international travel for these specified purposes in the period up to 31st August 2021,” the ministry stated.

The health ministry said that the competent authority shall ensure specific guidelines before according permission for the administration of the second dose before the period of 84 days after the first dose.

As part of the SOP, states have to ensure whether a period of 28 days has elapsed after the date of the first dose.

Second, states should check the genuineness of the purpose of travel based on documents related to admission offers, or associated formal communications for education; whether a person is already studying at a foreign educational institution and has to return to that institution for continuing education; interview calls for a job or offers letters for taking up employment, and nomination to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games.


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