On August 9, the Health Minister of India, Mansukh Mandaviya, announced on Twitter that foreign nationals residing in India will now be able to register via CoWIN portal to get vaccinated.
Together We Fight, Together We Win 👏
Govt has now allowed foreign nationals residing in India to register on CoWin portal and take #COVID19 vaccine.
This will ensure overall safety from the transmission of the virus.
— Office of Mansukh Mandaviya (@OfficeOf_MM) August 9, 2021
As per a release by the Ministry of Health, foreign nationals are required to use their passport as an identity document for registration on CoWIN. After registering, they will be provided with a slot for vaccination.
Furthermore, it noted the importance of inoculating the large number of non-Indian population living in the country, especially in metropolitan cities. Since the chances of the virus spreading are high in such areas, it is essential to vaccinate all eligible individuals. The initiative will aim at ensuring the safety of such foreign nationals.
The Union Health Ministry stated, “It will also bring down the possibilities of further transfer of infection from unvaccinated persons residing in India. It will also ensure overall safety from the further transmission of COVID-19 virus.”
India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is being implemented across the nation since January 16 2021. Presently, the vaccination programme is covering all citizens above 18 years of age.
According to a government health bulletin, in the last 24 hours, India recorded fresh 35,499 COVID-19 cases, increasing the currently active cases to 4,02,188. While the virus claimed 447 lives, the recovery rate stood at 97.40 per cent.