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Vaccinated Passengers May Not Need RT-PCR Report For Domestic Travel, Government Debate Ongoing | India News

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NEW DELHI: The central government is reflecting on a mechanism to allow smooth domestic air travel and remove the mandatory RT-PCR reporting for those passengers who have received both injections of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“A joint team of various ministries and stakeholders, including the Department of Health, is in talks to make a final decision on allowing air travel without an RT-PCR test for those who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.” said the minister. Civil Aviation Officer (MoCA) Hardeep Singh Puri he told ANI.
He added that this decision will not be made only by the MoCA, the nodal agencies, including health experts who are working with the government, will also contribute to making a decision in the interest of passengers.
Currently, domestic passengers are required to submit a negative RT-PCR report before traveling to some states, where active COVID-19 cases are still high.
“Health is a state matter, and asking passengers for a negative RT-PCR report before entering a state is the exclusive right of that particular state,” Puri added. Meanwhile, the concept of a ‘vaccine passport’ is also being contemplated for passengers traveling internationally, to which India has raised objections and has called it a ‘discriminatory idea’.
“He expressed India’s concern and strong opposition to the ‘Vaccine Passport’ at this juncture of the pandemic. Given that vaccine coverage as a percentage of the population in developing countries is still low compared to developed countries, such This initiative could prove highly discriminatory, “Union said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the G7 countries meeting.



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