Indian batch of Astra Zeneca vaccine
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I have read a couple of articles about how EU countries won't accept a certificate of vaccination if one of them was from some specific batches that had been produced by an EU unregistered company in India. Of course, one of the people I would plan to fly with has had one of their vaccinations from one of these batches. I haven't seen naything official about this anywhere. Is this actually a thing?
If it was, would it have any impact? If you could only travel to an Amber listed company with proof of double vaccinations or a negative Covid test, don't you have to take a Covid test anyway befoe you fly? Isn't the only real benefit of being double vaccinated (from a holiday to an amber list country pov), that you don't have to isolate on return? It's not going to be an issue at UK Border Control.
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Everything I have read points to this issue being an admin/ political issue; no one who received one of these batches should have any concern that they don't work.
It's pretty simple, if the country says you need to have an approved COVID vaccine to enter and the CoviShield one is not approved you may be refused entry or forced to quarantine. The same could be true of any vaccine (the US has not approved AZ yet for example.)
There is https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-delegation-to-malaysia-says-all-who-approved-vaccines-are-valid-for-travel-to-eu-including-covishield/ but I'm not sure how reputable the site is.
I suspect that countries are going to have to have to broaden the definition of "approved" to something like the above link suggests (WHO approved rather than approved for use in their own countries) as there will be many vaccines that won't be approved quickly as they won't need to be administered in that country in the near future. Just because a vaccine hasn't been approved yet doesn't mean it doesn't work.
In the very near future though, I suspect anyone other than a Pfizer or Moderna recipient is going to have to be careful about where they fly to.
we don’t get to make all the rules.
the country you are travelling to also has rules.
you need to check the rules for the country you are thinking about travelling to
Then I read about Malta and decided to stay in the UK for now!
Myself and Mrs.Westin are the same.
Our first Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccines doses back in mid-March were from the Indian batch ref 4120Z001. Both AZ vaccinations show as Vaxzevira.
We are following the story with interest as it seems we could have issues and problems travelling if this "Indian batch" is not licenced or approved retrospectively by the EU or USA. Recent media coverage seems to have however gone very quiet on the matter.
What a mess.
Heathrow T5 reported queues due to 100 security guards asked to isolate.
They've now brought in replacement staff but another example of what is to be expected.
Is it really worth it?
I've had 3 nice UK holidays but admittedly been very lucky with the weather.
Some people say they have boarded planes OK and the batch numbers haven't been checked on arrival to Malta.
Others have said that their airlines won't let them board.