Flying abroad? Get your second jab within 28 days

The Karnataka government said they will follow the Centre’s latest guidelines allowing people going abroad to get the second shot within 28 days instead of 84

A day after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that that the second dose (Covishield) can be administered after 28 days instead of the mandatory 84 days for people travelling abroad for studies, jobs and sports, the Karnataka government said that they would issue guidelines in line with the Centre’s order. The decision has been welcomed by a number of people who are likely to benefit from it, especially NRIs and those seeking employment or education in foreign countries.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Jawaid Akhtar, said that the State Government had recently written to the Centre asking its permission to reduce the gap between two doses for some categories. “We will adopt the guidelines issued by the Centre in a couple of days,” he said.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that the instructions would be given to private hospitals and primary health care centres as and when the state government issues new guidelines.

My daughter, who lives in the United States, is eight months pregnant. We have got the visa but they have made it mandatory for us to get two doses of vaccine

– Padmaja, a resident of Vasanthpura

On Monday, the Health Ministry allowed people going abroad for studies and jobs to be administered with the second dose after a gap of 28 days from the first dose of Covishield. “It is advised that vaccination may be availed in cases through a passport, which is one of the permissible ID documents as per the current guidelines so that the passport number is printed in the Certificate,” the release stated.


Citizens going abroad got vaccinated recently at a special drive held at Bengaluru Central College

Much-needed decision

The latest decision has been welcomed by those who benefit from it. On Tuesday, no primary healthcare centre in the city, however, was aware of the decision. “It’s been 75 days since we took the first dose. Our repeated pleas to get the second dose both at private hospitals and primary healthcare centres have been rejected on the grounds that we did not complete 84 days. My daughter, who lives in the United States, is eight months pregnant. It is sort of a medical emergency. We have got the visa but they have made it mandatory for us to get two doses of vaccine. We are still waiting,” Padmaja, a resident of Vasanthpura, said.

A 32-year-old resident of New Thippasandra, who has been stuck in Bengaluru for the last one year, was happy that the government allowed vaccination for non-resident Indians. “If I do not take the second dose, I am unlikely to get the visa. The state government should quickly adopt the Centre’s guidelines. Our livelihood is at stake,” he said.

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