02 July 2021
Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat said:
“We can confirm that a batch of AstraZeneca vaccines produced in India, known
as COVISHIELD, was delivered in Jersey in March 2021.
“These vaccines are exactly the same as those
manufactured in the UK, with the same safety and efficacy profile and have been
authorised by the Medical Healthcare and Regulatory Agency in the same way as
those manufactured in the UK.
“The European Medicines Agency had not been approached to
authorise this brand and therefore the question regarding the EU recognition of
those vaccinated with this batch, for travel purposes has now risen.
“We can confirm that this has no effect on the COVID
Status Certification for Jersey residents. On entry back into Jersey, you will
be recognised as fully vaccinated if you’ve received this brand.
“As the AstraZeneca
vaccines produced in the UK and India are exactly the same, we anticipate that
the ongoing discussion between the relevant bodies will lead to certified
recognition across the EU.
“Many European countries have already today indicated
that they will recognise this batch for travel purposes.
“Individuals who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca
batch number: 4120Z001, 4120Z002, and 4120Z003 should check the requirements of
any countries they chose to travel to. Passengers are reminded to always check
the entry requirements for their destinations as countries requirements vary.”