Covishield fine, but Indian certification is not fine: UK

Covishield is recognised by the United Kingdom, but India’s vaccine certificate is not yet. A UK government spokesperson earlier said that vaccine certification from all countries must meet the “minimum criteria taking into account public health and wider considerations”. India and the UK are engaged in consultation regarding the acceptance of India’s vaccine certificate in the United Kingdom.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said the UK side had a meeting with National Health Authority CEO Dr RS Sharma on Thursday and neither side raised technical concerns with each other’s certification process. This indicates that the UK may soon announce recognition to Covishield certificates which means Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield will no longer need to be quarantined upon their arrival in the UK.