Indians who took Covishield vaccines may register to return to Kuwait
Ambassador urges the Indian community to remain alert and continue to follow all precautions and instructions of the Government of Kuwait regarding the Covid-19 as the country is witnessing an increase in a number of infections. He was briefing the community members during his monthly open house on Wednesday 23rd June.
Ambassador appeals all Indians to submit their passports for renewal at least three months before the expiry of the validity of passport or residence permit as the country is witnessing increasing number of infection and embassy might have to close down public service on short notice. Several Indian expatriates staff of Kuwait’s Ministry of Health who were stranded in India are now returning to Kuwait.
“We are aware of the concerns about vaccination and its approvals in Kuwait,” Kuwaiti authorities are fully aware that Covishield vaccine given in India is the same as the Oxford/Astra-Zenaca vaccine. Those who have taken Covishield vaccines in India may register in the Kuwaiti portal as having taken Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine, Ambassador said. However, the entry is not currently available to those who have taken Covaxin. “We have taken up the issue and will update you as and when we get more information,” Ambassador said.
The Embassy is continuing to accept registration of Stranded Indians and their families, those who lost their jobs, those who did not get their indemnities. Free Tele consultations by our Medical Doctors from Indian Doctors Forum is already on. Other community services such as food Distribution by Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) and free lunch every day for all distressed Indian workers at Embassy are an ongoing process now.
There is also a special Counters at the Embassy for Registration for Vaccination and now for blood donation data. Vaccine Registration Campaign being undertaken by various Associations. Registration for vaccines for those without Civil IDs, Legal Assistance for those in need, with lawyers present physically are now available at the Embassy. The 12 WhatsApp helpline numbers of Embassy are functioning well.
Ambassador warned about private shelters run by illegal agents to bring domestic workers. “We are working with Kuwaiti authorities to bring those people before the law,” Ambassador said. The Indian nationals currently staying in the Embassy shelter are absolutely fine.