Health checks on tourists arriving at Palma Airport.

Health checks on tourists arriving at Palma Airport.

02-07-2021Cati Cladera/EFE

Around five million Britons who were given an AstraZeneca vaccine that was made in India could be refused entry to European Union countries.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, was produced by the Serum Institute in Indian and has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency or EMA.

Millions of Bris have received the Indian version of AZ, which has been approved in the UK and is identifiable by the batch numbers which are: 4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003.

These batch numbers appear on medical cards, electronic and paper covid certificates that UK residents received when they were vaccinated.

The EMA has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

The British authorities mainly used the Vaxzervia brand to vaccinate the public, but millions of others were given Covishield.


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Majorca fan / Hace 7 months

It is not just this vaccine and Brits affected. And many other nations that received vaccines from India. The European national’s that have had Sputnik and sinovac neither recognised by European Commission regulators.


Concerned Tourist / Hace 7 months

Any idea about how this is working in Mallorca in practice? Are Brits with one of these batches actually being required to go into isolation?


nick / Hace 7 months

According to the Spain Travel Health website these batches are acceptable for entry to Spain as the Covishield vaccine is on the WHO approved list. Which is good as I am one of those 5 million.