Fully vaccinated Indians with Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine will not be quarantined now. So when they arrive in Britain October 11 onwards, the High Commissioner to India said. This ends the race over revenge ban or say an unfair imposition of Covid-19 quarantine rules.
It was in response to the UK quarantine rules for Indians and citizens of several nations that India also had imposed a similar mandatory 10-day quarantine for British citizens irrespective of vaccination status.
It was also termed as discriminatory and even colonialist. But the UK government faced intense backlash over its refusal to recognise visitors as vaccinated.
So now if a person is not fully vaccinated with one of the four UK-recognised vaccines – Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen, Covishield, the person must take a pre-departure test. Also, he must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and self-isolate for 10 days.
India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla had also called the UK rules discriminatory and warned of reciprocal action.
Now the experts are warning that the evidence shows that new variants could emerge that may have the potential to break the vaccine shield.