The unexpected pandemic Covid-19 has affected all aspects of human life. It had a major impact on the education sector because of travel bans and restrictions. Many students also took a gap year hoping for the situation to get better. As the world is opening up again with the help of vaccines, many countries have lifted travel restrictions for the entry of Indian students abroad. Fully vaccinated students with vaccine certificates are allowed to study abroad. In this blog, we will be covering the process of obtaining your vaccine certificate, why is it important and norms for international students.
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Importance of Vaccination Certificate
The Government of India is issuing vaccine certificates to all those getting their vax shots. You will receive a provisional certificate after your first jab and final certificate after the second dose. A vaccination certificate is important and necessary for your university as well as visa application for abroad. Students have to interlink the passport with their vaccination certificate to be allowed to pursue higher education abroad. Without a valid vaccination certificate, students will not be able to secure admission in some international universities. Your vaccination certificate will have the following details:
- Date of Birth
- Last Digits of Aadhar Card
- Vaccination Dates
- Vaccine Name
- Vaccine Batch Number
How to Download Your Vaccine Certificate from Whatsapp?
The Government of India has provided the MyGov Corona Helpdesk Chatbot to streamline the process of obtaining vaccine certificates easily via WhatsApp.
Step 1: Send ‘Hi’ to Corona Helpdesk Bot, i.e.+91 9013151515 on WhatsApp.
Step 2: Select ‘Download Certificate’ from the list of options. Type and send ‘2’ to select the option.
Step 3: Then, send ‘2’ to ‘Download Covid Vaccination Certificate’.
Step 4: An ‘OTP’ will be sent on your phone number which you need to type in the chatbox.
Step 5: Name of all people registered with that number will be displayed on your screen. Select the name and you will receive your vaccination certificate in PDF format.
How to Download Your Vaccine Certificate from CoWIN?
The official website of Covid-19 vaccination in India is www.cowin.gov.in Here are the easy steps to download your covid-19 vaccination certificate from CoWIN:
Step 1: Open www.cowin.gov.in/home from your browser on mobile device or desktop.
Step 2: Click on ‘Sign in’ option and enter your registered mobile number
Step 3: You will receive an ‘OTP’ on your registered mobile number, enter the OTP to login
Step 4: Select the ‘Download Certificate’ link and then on ‘Download’ button
Step 5: PDF file will be downloaded as Certificate name in your device
It is mandatory for everyone to link their vaccine certificate before travelling abroad for education or job. Linking your certificate with your passport is easy to do via CoWIN.
Step 1: Visit the official website of CoWIN.
Step 2: Click on ‘Sign in’ option and enter your registered mobile number.
Step 3: You will receive an ‘OTP’ on your registered mobile number, enter the OTP to login.
Step 4: Click on ‘Raise an Issue’ option in your dashboard.
Step 5: Select the option of ‘Add Passport Details’ and fill all the required details.
Step 6: Click on ‘Submit’ to complete the process and your passport will be linked with the vaccination certificate.
Vaccination Rules for Students Travelling Abroad for Studies
The Government of India has issued various norms for students planning to study abroad. It is essential to be aware of the following rules and regulations set by the authorities to ensure your smooth travel plans:
- Students who have secured admission in international universities can take second jab after 28 days of first dose.
- It is mandatory to link vaccination certificates with passport.
- In case students have not used a passport as an ID card for booking vaccination slots, they can fill a separate form to link their certificate with the passport.
Which Vaccine Should You Take?
At present, Covisheild, Sputnik V and Covaxin are the 3 vaccines available in India. Covisheild is the only one approved by WHO and is internationally accepted. Thus, students planning to study abroad are recommended to get vaccinated with Covisheild only.
We hope that this blog helped you understand the process of obtaining your vaccine certificate as well as complete the remaining essential steps to plan your study abroad journey. Aspiring to pursue higher studies abroad? Sign up for a free session with Leverage Edu to sort out all your worries, from selecting the best course, to preparing a winning application readying your visa essentials!