The Italian authorities announced that since last Thursday, September 23, all versions of the AstraZeneca vaccine are considered equivalent to other vaccines that have already been approved for use by the country’s authorities.
This means that all travelers who have been vaccinated with a version of AstraZeneca other than the version approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be allowed to enter the country under the same rules as others, TheSchengen.com reports.
Thus, all foreign nationals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the following three versions of the AstraZeneca vaccine are considered fully immune upon entry to Italy:
COVID-19 (Serum Institute of India) R-CoV (R-Pharm) COVID-19 Vaccine (Viocruz)
Certificates issued by health authorities in Canada, Japan, Israel, UK and USA, as well as those issued by foreign health authorities after vaccination with EMA-authorized vaccines or with Covishield (the Serum Institute of India), R-CoVI (R) vaccines are recognized -Pharm) and Covid-19vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz) as equivalent to national and EU green certificates,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
However, it has been emphasized that for vaccination certificates issued by foreign health authorities to be valid, they must be issued in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German.
In addition, the vaccination certificate must contain all the following information about its holder:
Name and surname Name of the vaccine given Name of the manufacturer Date on which each vaccine dose was given Name of the exporter Name of the exporting country
Once the Italian authorities decided to recognize Covishield as valid proof of immunity, the Indian Embassy in Rome welcomed the decision, and those vaccinated with the dose can now apply for a Green Pass.
“As a result of the G20 Health Ministers meeting, see @mansukhmandviya and Italian Health Minister @robersperanza along with continued efforts @MEAIndiaMinisteroSalute recognizes India’s Covishield. The Indian Vaccine CardHolders Cardholders are now eligible for GreenPass,” the embassy wrote in its official Twitter account.
The Italian Green Card is an extension of the EU COVID-19 digital certificate, which means that Italy recognizes all other equivalents that have been issued by other countries, regardless of whether they are part of the EU or not.
Prior to making these changes, Italy only recognized EMA-approved vaccines – AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
Previously, Italy made the Green Pass mandatory for all those who wish to attend certain places, activities and services.