UK: Booster vaccines to be added to NHS Covid Pass for travel
By Hamed Chapman
London, (The Muslim News): Booster doses can be added to NHS Covid Passes from Friday for travellers intending to go abroad to prove their vaccination status, the government has announced.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to show their vaccine status if they are travelling abroad,” said Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid.
“This update to the NHS COVID Pass will mean people can have their complete medical picture at their fingertips if they are going on holiday or seeing loved ones overseas,” Javid said.
It is understood that it will enable quarantine-free travel to countries such as Croatia, Austria and Israel, which have a time limit for vaccination status to be valid.
Third doses however will not yet be added to the domestic pass as they are not currently needed to qualify as fully vaccinated.
Booster doses were initially offered to over-50s, front-line health and social care staff and people with health conditions that put them at greater risk from the virus. More than 13 million have been administered in the UK so far and the third jab has been extended to all over-40s.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said getting a booster is the “best way you can protect yourself ahead of winter and it’s great those who have come forward can now demonstrate their vaccination status through the NHS COVID Pass if they are travelling overseas.”
“It has also never been easier to book your booster, with walk-in sites open across the country and appointments available to pre-book a month before you are eligible for your top-up. For anyone who hasn’t yet had their jab, come forward as soon as possible for maximum protection ahead of Christmas,” she added.
According to a new YouGov poll, vaccine passports enjoy substantial support across Europe in 10 countries surveyed, with most backing compulsory vaccine passes for large events and smaller majorities in favour of their use in cafes, restaurants and gyms.
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[Photo: Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid. Photographer: Richard Townshend]
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