NEW DELHI: In a major step towards eradicating COVID19 and shielding all with the vaccine, the Indian health ministry in a press release stated that foreign nationals in India will be now eligible to take Covid-19 vaccines in the country.
The health ministry further added that all foreign nationals must compulsorily register on the CoWIN portal with details of their passports if they intend to book a slot for the vaccination.
The health ministry stated that, for getting vaccination against Covid-19 in India, foreign nationals will have to register themselves on the government’s CoWIN platform using their passports as proof of identity and when the registration process is completed, they will get a slot for vaccination.
The government in its press release said, “A significant number of foreign nationals are living in India, especially in large metropolitan areas. In these areas, the potential for spread of Covid-19 is high due to higher population density. To counter the possibility of any such occurrence, it is important to vaccinate all eligible persons.”
According to sources in the ministry, this initiative was taken so that foreign nationals are protected from Covid19. The release further read, “This initiative was taken keeping in mind to bring down the possibilities of further transfer of infection from unvaccinated persons residing in India. Hence, it will be a step in the direction of overall safety from the virus for everyone living in India.”
Meanwhile, the Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted about the development. He wrote, “Together we fight, together we win.”
It may be mentioned that in India, the national vaccination programme for Covid-19 has been in effect since January 2021. According to the health ministry, more than 51 crore people have been vaccinated so far across India.