Amid the ongoing discussions between India and the UK over Covid vaccination certificates, the official sources of Cowin on Saturday announced that people who are fully vaccinated and who want to travel abroad will now have a CoWin certificate with their full date of birth.
Presently, CoWin certificates mention the beneficiary’s age based on the year of birth along with the other details.
In compliance with the WHO norms the new feature is being introduced and is likely to be available from next week. An official source said, “It has been decided that a new feature will be added to the CoWin under which those who are fully vaccinated and want to travel abroad will have full date of birth on their vaccination certificates.”
The UK on Wednesday had reissued its new travel guidelines to include the Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine in its updated list of approved coronavirus vaccines. Following India’s strong criticism over the UK’s denial to recognise Covishield, meanwhile London has already included the vaccine in its updated international travel guidelines.
The UK officials had explained earlier on Wednesday saying that the addition of the vaccine would not make much of a difference, however, Indian travellers who are vaccinated with two doses of Covishield would still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK notwithstanding the amendment.
“We’re clear Covishield is not a problem. The UK is open to travel and we’re already seeing a lot of people going from India to the UK, be it tourists, business people or students,” British High Commissioner Alex Ellis had said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We have been having detailed technical discussions regarding certification, with the builders of the CoWin app and the NHS app, about both apps. They’re happening at a rapid pace, to ensure that both countries mutually recognise the vaccine certificates issued by each other,” he had said.