Covid-19 Vaccination Updates: Where Covid-19 vaccination facilitates access?

Currently, 89 percent of the world’s countries and territories have received at least one shipment of a Covid-19 vaccine and most of these have begun to vaccinate their population.  On March 23rd, 2021, the global shots administered reached 461M, with the U.S. leading at 128M shots administered, followed by China at 75M, India at 48.5M, the UK at 30.3M, and Brazil at 14.1M. 

The vast majority of the vaccines administered to date are those approved by the World Health Organization, which are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/SKBio, and Covidshield by the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd.  The U.S.’s Federal Drug Administration has approved two additional vaccines by Moderna and Janssen Biotech Inc (Johnson & Johnson), in addition to Pfizer-BioNTech. The UK-approved vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca; and the European Medical Agency’s approved vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.  In the EU, member countries have opted for a combination of these vaccines, and additionally locally-sourced vaccines or vaccines from other countries. For instance, Hungary has purchased 5 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China. 

The leadership of few countries have expressly stated an intention not to accept or use any Covid-19 vaccine until further assurances, and these are Tanzania, Madagascar, Burundi, and Eritrea. It appears that, in the short term, the world’s countries will not commence their vaccination campaigns at the same time.

If you are a traveler who has already received your Covid-19 vaccine, whether one or two jabs, here are some countries making allowances for your vaccination: 

Bermuda – You do not have to take a Covid-19 PCR test prior to entry. However, you will still need to quarantine and be tested after entry. 

Cayman Islands – You can reduce your quarantine from 14 to 10 days.

China – From March 15th, 2021, if you are a permitted class of traveler, and you have received a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, you will not need to provide a pre-arrival Covid-19 PCR test and a health travel declaration form. 

French Caribbean (Martinique and Guadeloupe) – If you are using the International Chamber of Commerce AOKPass App for entry, you may use your vaccination in lieu of a Covid-19 PCR test result. 

Mongolia and Thailand – You can expect to have your quarantine period reduced from 14 days to 7 days. The requirement to have a Covid-19 PCR test for entry remains. 

Poland – If you have been vaccinated or have a Covid-19 PCR test result, you do not need to quarantine.

Qatar – If you are permitted to enter Qatar and have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine.

Sri Lanka – If you are not arriving for tourist purposes, and have been fully vaccinated in the past 14 days, you do not have to quarantine. However, you still need to take tests after arrival.

United Arab Emirates – If you are a volunteer of the COVID‑19 vaccine trials or are taking the Covid-19 vaccine under the national vaccination program with active icons (Letter E or Gold Star) on the Alhosn app, and you are going from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you will not need to provide a Covid19-free test result. You may also use the emergency vehicle lanes for a smoother journey.

United States – The U.S. Center for Disease Control has announced that any fully vaccinated individual may travel domestically without the need to take Covid-19 tests or to quarantine.

And, if you are permitted to enter any of the following countries, you may provide proof of your completed vaccination in lieu of a Covid19-free PCR test: Belize, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Guatemala, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Seychelles, and Slovenia.

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