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Statement from the Deputy Medical Officer of Health

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.”

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