Foreign residents are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in India. Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya made the announcement on Twitter. They can register themselves on the CoWIN portal.
Government Approves COVID-19 Vaccinations for Foreign Nationals
In a recent statement, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that foreign nationals are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in India. They can register themselves on the CoWIN application or web portal and book their slot. Moreover, they will use their passport as an identity document while registering on the application. It is a very simple and hassle-free process. After battling with its vaccination drive for months, India is now seeing a good response from the citizens. People are now coming forward to get vaccinated from various urban and rural regions of the country.
Why is it Important to Vaccinate Foreign Citizens?
Health Minister Mansukh Malviya also emphasized the importance of vaccinating foreign citizens. While making COVID-19 vaccinations eligible for them, he stated that a large number of foreign populations reside in India. They are present in large numbers, especially in the metropolitan areas where COVID-19 is highly dominant. Henceforth, it is very important to vaccinate those foreign citizens who reside in such densely populated regions. Moreover, this initiative will ensure the safety of all foreign citizens residing in India.
COVID-19 Vaccinations in India
Currently, all citizens above 18 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in India. Recently, India reached the 50 crore vaccinations mark on August 9. However, there is still a very long way to go. India is a land of more than 130 billion people. And 50 crores are like a drop of water in a giant ocean. But it is a positive sign. During the early phase of the vaccinations, people were not responding properly. They were quite skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccines, especially in rural areas. However, now the situation has quite improved. People are willing to receive their jabs and contribute to a Covid-free world.
Current Situation in India
India is witnessing around 30,000-40,000 cases on an average basis. Experts have predicted a potential third wave in the month of August with its peak in October. On the other hand, educational institutes have also reopened in several states and Union Territories. Besides that, there is a partial lockdown in various regions. Some have implemented night curfews, while others prefer weekend lockdowns. The situation is neither very nor very bad. However, states like Kerela and Karnataka are also seeing a surge in their daily infections.