Brits who fail to get third booster jab ‘will face travel quarantine as part of plan to fight new Covid strains’
BRITS who fail to get the third Covid jab will face renewed travel restrictions, it has been revealed.
Ministers are planning to reintroduce quarantine and testing for Brits who refused their booster vaccine in a bid to protect the UK against new Covid strains.Brits who refuse to get the booster jab may face renewed travel restrictions[/caption]
Under the new plans, travellers would not be able to use proof of a negative Covid test to go abroad.
Instead, they would only be able to travel with proof of the booster shot.
Vaccine protection declines over months and so the third jab can top up immunity for the winter months and prevent deaths.
On Friday night, a Government source told the Mail on Sunday: “This is not going to happen immediately – but happen it will.”
The move would change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to mean having all three Covid shots.
But the plans are likely to be controversial as only 60 per cent of those eligible to receive the booster shot have gotten it.
And now officials are divided over how soon to implement the travel rules.
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It has been discussed, according to the Mail on Sunday, that there would be a grace period that would allow people to travel without quarantine if they had sought the booster vaccine six months after their second jab but had not been offered an appointment.
Meanwhile, Brits travelling imminently with a NHS Covid vaccine passport have also been warned to update it urgently, or risk being banned from flying.
The government has updated their travel advice for vaccinated travellers, following the EU decision to accept the NHS Covid pass.
Last week, the European Commission confirmed that the UK NHS COVID pass would finally be accepted as full proof of vaccination in all EU countries.
Not only would this speed up travel, but would also let travellers enter bars and restaurants without needing a negative Covid test.
However, this means that Brits must update their NHS Covid passes – with any that were printed out before November no longer valid.
Austria’s government has a 360-day limit on how long they will recognise the effectiveness of a vaccine after the date of the second shot.
Israel has a 180-day limit on how long they will recognise the effectiveness of a vaccine after the date of the second shot.
It comes after the Health Secretary announced that 10 million Brits have received their third vaccine.
Boosters are currently available for anyone over 50, health care workers and those who are vulnerable.
The scheme is to be extended to those over-40 early next year.
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