International air travellers arriving in Mumbai will now be absolved from the mandatory institutional quarantine directive, if fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 contagion. According to a tweet by Air India Express, this rule exclusively applies to passengers who have taken both the doses of COVID vaccine and have landed in the city Maximum City. Inspired by 'vaccination passports', this move focuses on strengthening the immunization drive across the state and beyond.
Wait period between two Covishiled doses nixed for particular beneficiaries
#FlyWithIX: Attention! International passengers arriving in Mumbai can seek exemption from institutional quaranti… https://t.co/wA1OM2ZoBX— Air India Express (@Air India Express) 1623680145.0
The arriving flyers will need to produce both of their vaccine certificates and a self-declaration form at the airport, to take advantage of the new relaxation. Along with this rule for international travellers, the authorities have also announced that Delhi-bound domestic air travellers from Maharashtra will no longer have to carry a negative RT-PCR report. The test compulsion was put into effect in April 2021 for travellers from Maharashtra, owing to the surging second COVID wave in the state.
Reportedly, the Union Health Ministry had written to the states, seeking relaxations for some particular segments including Olympic participants and students travelling overseas for academic purposes. The ministry had requested the concerned authorities to administer the second dose of Covishield to such beneficiaries in an expedited manner while nixing the 12-16 week gap between the two. Further, the Health Ministry had also conveyed the SOPs (standard operating procedure) to the states, for administering the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Drawing inspirations from the notion of 'vaccine passports', this indemnity aims at fostering confidence amid long-distance passengers pertaining to their safety and easing travel anxiety, in light of the current scenario. This move might also persuade other citizens to get inoculated against the virus, as it will corroborate their unhindered movement, be it for interstate or abroad travel.
Mumbai COVID update
As of June 14, Mumbai has recorded 530 confirmed coronavirus patients and the recoveries have been pegged at 464, which has brought down the city's active case tally to 39. Within the last 24 hours, the city has even witnessed 19 fatalities. It is also to be noted that 81,985 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, furthering the immunization drives and the ultimate goal of wiping out the pandemic.