Covid: 96 countries recognise India’s vaccination certificate

According to Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, about 96 countries have agreed to mutually recognise India’s Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

Highlights

  • With this recognition, persons travelling from these countries will be provided certain relaxations as mentioned in Union health ministry’s guidelines on international arrivals.
  • Government is further communicating with other countries for the recognition so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme are accepted and recognised in order to travel for the purposes of education, business and tourism.
  • India has so far administered around 109.08 crore jabs.
  • The international travel vaccination certificate can be downloaded from CoWIN portal.

CoWIN Portal

CoWIN stands for Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network. It is a web portal in India for COVID-19 vaccination registration. It is owned and operated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The portal displays booking slots of COVID-19 vaccine in the nearby areas. People can book their slot using through the portal.

How one can register on the portal?

One can book their slot through portal on the same day or a few days prior.

Integrated Portal

This portal has also been integrated with the Aarogya Setu and UMANG Apps.

Which vaccines are registered on the portal?

Currently, three vaccines can be registered on the platform namely Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V.

Background

CoWIN started offering Covid-19 vaccines to the Frontline workers in India on January 16, 2021. From March 2021 onwards, vaccination was offered to all residents aged over 60. Eligibility was extended to all residents aged over 45 from April 1, 2021 and to residents aged over 18 from May 1, 2021.

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