Mixing vaccines can be problematic for your trip to Europe, in the UK and Germany you have to quarantine anyway!
Anyone vaccinated in Thailand with a mix of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines must be quarantined upon entry into Germany and Britain. Due to bottlenecks in AstraZeneca’s locally produced vaccine in Thailand, the government has decided to combine vaccines with Sinovac and AstraZeneca.
In the UK, only Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Janssen vaccines are currently approved. From 13 August, the UK will require a 10-day quarantine for all visitors who have received a dose of two different vaccines. However, the UK accepts AstraZeneca’s Thai-made vaccine.
The EU has yet to approve Thailand’s AstraZeneca vaccine. However, this does not apply to all EU member states or Schengen countries. Since the vaccine has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), each country has its own set of criteria regarding which vaccines can be used to demonstrate immunity. The vaccines offered by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are approved by the EMA and are accepted by all EU and Schengen countries.
For people in Thailand who have been vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm and want to travel to the UK or the EU, the situation is more complicated.
In the EU (or in the Schengen area), only eight countries have approved the use of the Chinese preparation Sinovac: Austria, Finland, Greece, Iceland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The situation is similar to the Sinopharm vaccine, which Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Spain and Sweden accept.
In the United Kingdom, the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine has not yet been formally approved.
Catch up on more stories here
Follow us on Facebook here