India offers second COVID vaccine dose for foreigners, NRIs
People who have received Covid-19 vaccines abroad and wish to get their second dose or booster shot in India can now do so. They are now eligible to be administered a domestic vaccine as per recommendations by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. The development comes following multiple media reports that highlighted the issues people had been jabbed abroad faced when they tried to receive a second or third shot here because the Cowin portal was not linked with any foreign-based vaccine portal. Health employees were unable to link it with the vaccinator module as a result. Now additional secretary of the ministry of health and family welfare, Manohar Agnani has sent a letter to chief secretaries/principal secretaries and health secretaries of all states and union territories directing them to take necessary measures to implement the plan. Relevant changes are also being to the Cowin app for this.