Italy recognizes Covishield, eligible for Green Pass, Health News, ET HealthWorld


The Indian embassy in Rome announced on Friday that the country has recognized the Covishield vaccine and those who received the vaccination are now eligible for a Green Pass.

With the recognition of Italy, a total of 19 European Union (EU) countries have given Covishield the green light.

This was the result of a G20 health ministerial meeting between the Union’s health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, and his Italian counterpart Roberto Speranza, the message said in a tweet.

“Indian vaccine cardholders are now eligible for the Green Pass,” she added. Previously, Italy had recognized Comirnaty – Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxzervria – AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as valid.

The other 18 EU countries that have recognized the Covishield vaccine are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

In the meantime, the vaccine line continues with the UK as it has recognized the vaccination, but a 10-day quarantine has been mandated, which will come into effect on October 4th.

Union Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan declared the current UK travel restrictions discriminatory and said that “we have the right to reciprocate equally”.

However, UK High Commissioner for India Alex Ellis said the Covishield vaccine was not an issue and the UK was open to travel.

“We are sure Covishield is not a problem. The UK is open to travel and we are already seeing a lot of people traveling to the UK from India, be they tourists, business people or students. ”


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