People who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine that is from a certain batch are not automatically exempt from quarantine travel in the European Union (EU).
This has been the case since the EU passport scheme has come into effect for all EU member countries on the 1st of July.
As the UK is not a member of the EU anymore, the UK does not use the scheme but uses its own.
This affects people that have been given the AstraZeneca jab that was produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) would not automatically avoid quarantine and mandatory testing when travelling in Europe.
According to the BBC, the majority of AstraZeneca vaccine is produced in North Wales and Staffordshire. However, 5 million vaccines that have been administrated were produced by the SII, but the European Medicine Agency has not approved that batch currently.
You will be able to check if your vaccine is Illegible for EU travel by looking at the batch number on your proof of vaccination card, or on the NHS app.
Sky news reports that the vaccine batch numbers are 4120Z001, 4120Z002, and 4120Z003.
However, EU countries are rebelling against the protocol andhttps://twitter.com/Geeta_Mohan/status/1410493710698106880 are allowing the batch to be valid for quarantine travel.
According to the foreign affairs editor of the India Times, Austria Flag of Austria, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, and the Netherlands have validated vaccines from the SII.
Total count 9 European nations have approved #Covishield
Estonia 🇪🇪 (approved all GOI cleared vaccines, not just Covishield)
— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) July 1, 2021
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