Foreign nationals living in India now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

The Union ministry of health and family welfare on Monday announced that foreign nationals residing in India can register on CoWin to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  9 Aug 2021 2:13 PM GMT
Foreign nationals living in India now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

Hyderabad: The Union ministry of health and family welfare on Monday announced that foreign nationals residing in India can register on CoWin to take the COVID-19 vaccine. They can use their passport as an identity document for the purpose of registration on CoWIN. Once they are registered, they will get a slot for vaccination.

The ministry said that a significant number of foreign nationals are living in India, especially in large metropolitan areas. In these areas, the potential of the 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, it added.

The 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 and ensure overall safety from further transmission of COVID-19 virus.

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is being implemented across all states and Union Territories since 16 January. The vaccination programme in its current phase covers all citizens aged 18 years and above. As of 9 August, India has administered more than 51 crore vaccine doses across the country.

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