Removing vaccination mandate for incoming tourists correct move: Experts

With over 90% of population being vaccinated, it is okay at a policy level to relax the mandatory vaccination norm for entering India, they say

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Health ministry dropped the requirements of mandatory self-declaration of health status (Air Suvidha) and certificate of full primary vaccination in its revised guidelines for inbound travellers

Sohini DasAneesh Phadnis Mumbai
India on Monday dropped the requirement of vaccination certificates for inbound travellers, joining Thailand which eased the rule from October 1.

While countries such as Japan and Singapore insist on vaccination or pre-departure testing and have relaxed borders much later than India, public health experts feel the central government has taken the correct step by relaxing the Covid-19 related entry conditions.

“Insisting on only vaccinated people entering the country has little value since vaccines now add protection to individuals and not to the population,” said Gagandeep Kang, microbiologist and professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

She added that with more

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First Published: Nov 22 2022 | 7:50 PM IST

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