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Foreign nationals can also get vaccinated in India: Govt

The change in vaccination policy, the ministry said, was taken to ensure that all persons in the country are vaccinated to break the chain of transmission.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 10, 2021 3:12:53 am
The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is being implemented across all states and union territories since January 16, 2021.

THE UNION Health Ministry Monday announced that foreign nationals residing in India will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination in the country.

The ministry said that a decision has been taken to allow foreign nationals residing in India to get registered on CoWin portal to take Covid-19 vaccine. “They can use their passport as identity document for the purpose of registration on CoWIN portal. Once they are registered on this portal, they will get a slot for vaccination,” it said.

The change in vaccination policy, the ministry said, was taken to ensure that all persons in the country are vaccinated to break the chain of transmission.

“A significant number of foreign nationals are living in India, especially in large metropolitan areas. In these areas, the potential of spread of Covid-19 is high due to higher population density. To counter any possibility of such occurrence, it is important to vaccinate all eligible persons,” the ministry said.

“This initiative will ensure the safety of foreign nationals residing in India. It will also bring down the possibilities of further transfer of infection from unvaccinated persons residing in India. It will also ensure overall safety from further transmission of Covid-19 virus,” it said.

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