In a statement on Saturday, officials said that the government may soon authorise a preventive dose of the Covid-19 immunisation for anybody planning to go abroad for educational purposes, employment, sports, or to fulfil official or commercial obligations.
They also said that conversations are already taking place over whether or not passengers heading abroad who want a booster vaccine should do so at a private vaccination clinic and pay for it.
It is currently being administered to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as persons over the age of 60, who have been infected with covid 19.
After a brief hiatus in recent weeks, the Ministry of External Affairs has recently highlighted travel restrictions imposed by certain countries in light of the requirement for a third/booster dose and how this is affecting the need for Indian travellers to travel, according to sources familiar with the situation in India. Scheduled international flights are scheduled to resume on Sunday.
Current affairs in India that the Union Health Ministry has received petitions to permit the administration of a preventive dose to those who, among other things, are travelling on business or to pursue a career opportunity or further their education abroad.
Because of this, the health ministry is actively considering allowing booster/precaution doses of Covid vaccine for those seeking to travel abroad for jobs, admission to foreign educational institutions, participation in sports tournaments, bilateral and multilateral meetings as part of India’s official delegation, or attending business commitments,” according to a government source. The Covid vaccine is used to prevent the spread of HIV.
An official order in this regard has not yet been issued by the Union Health Ministry in this regard.
Currently, the prioritising and sequencing of the dosage would be determined based on the completion of nine months from the date of administration of the second dose, according to the current standards.
The first phase of the countrywide immunisation campaign started on January 16, 2021, with immunizations administered to members of the healthcare workforce. The first immunizations for front-line staff were administered on February 2 of last year.
It was announced on March 1, 2018, that the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination will begin on that day for persons over the age of 60, as well as those over the age of 45 who had specific co-morbid diseases.
India started requiring immunisation for all adults above the age of 45 on April 1 of last year, with the first vaccinations taking place on April 1. With effect from May 1, 2017, the government decided to widen its vaccination programme by allowing anybody above the age of eighteen to get vaccinated against viral infection.
The most recent round of vaccinations for youths between the ages of 15 and 18 years old started on January 3, 2019.
India started delivering preventive doses of the vaccinations on January 10 of this year to healthcare and frontline workers, as well as persons aged 60 and older who have comorbidities.
The administration of Covid-19 vaccines to children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old started on March 16, 2018.