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Saturday, 31 July 2021 11.04 AM IST

Govt allows early second dose of Covishield for those going abroad, special certificate will also be issued

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The health department has issued guidelines for giving Covishield second dose within four to six weeks and issuing special vaccination certificates to those going abroad. The second dose of Covishield vaccine should be given within 12 to 16 weeks as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This has made it difficult for those going abroad for work and study. Based on this, the state government has issued a new guideline, Health Minister Veena George said.

In many foreign countries, it is mandatory to have a vaccination certificate and a passport number on it. At present, the Aadhaar card and other identification documents for registration are recorded in the certificate. The state has recently included people studying between the ages of 18 and 45 in the vaccination priority category who are going abroad to study and work.

Vaccination certificate will be issued in a special format for those going abroad for work or study. Passport number will be recorded in this certificate. The District Medical Officer has been assigned to issue this certificate. Those who go this way can get the second dose of Covishield vaccine within four to six weeks. Districts will record this separately as it cannot be recorded on the portal. The vaccine thus given will be given from the vaccine stock purchased by the State Government. District authorities should check the visa, student admission/work permit documents to administer the vaccine. The Minister also said that the vaccination policies of the traveling countries will be checked to ensure that vaccination is compulsory.

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