The matter has been discussed in the Empowered Group 5 (EG-5) and appropriate recommendations have been received.
In this context, with a view to provide full coverage of vaccination and facilitating international travel for such genuine reasons, the ministry has issued the SOPs according to which the states shall designate an authority in each district to grant permission for administering the second dose of Covishield. The authority shall check whether 28 days have elapsed after the date of the first dose and the genuineness of the purpose of travel, based on documents related to admission offers or associated formal communications for educational purpose.
The ministry advised that vaccination may be availed in such cases through passport, which is one of the permissible ID documents according to the current guidelines, so that the passport number is printed on the vaccination certificate.
However, if the passport was not used at the time of the administration of the first dose, the details of the photo ID card used for vaccination will be printed on the vaccination certificate and a mention of the passport number on the vaccination certificate is not to be insisted upon, the SOPs stated. Wherever necessary, the authority may issue another certificate linking the vaccination certificate with the passport number of the beneficiary, it stated.
Source: Press Trust of India