Britons “will need three Covid shots if they want to go on vacation next year” – .

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Britons “will need three Covid shots if they want to go on vacation next year” – .


The vaccination passport system is expected to ‘evolve’ next year (Photo: Getty Images)

Vacationers may need three Covid vaccines to travel abroad next year as changes are made to the vaccination passport system.

But booster jabs should not be made available to people under 50 until “well after Christmas,” according to a government adviser who spoke.

The member of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) said more progress is needed with those already eligible for the third shot before expanding the deployment.

It comes as Care Minister Gillian Keegan has said changes to the passport system for vaccines are coming.

She said: “The advice at the moment is double-needle vaccination. But of course that will change as the third dose arrives.

“It would be unreasonable to say that now, when we have just started the program. We are trying to achieve that balance. It’s two doses for now.

“But as the concept of the vaccine passport evolves, there will be ‘if you’ve had your booster’ because it probably won’t be good for next summer. “

Those under 50 shouldn’t be offered Covid boosters until ‘well after Christmas’ (Photo: Getty Images)

Speaking anonymously, a member of JCVI said more steps needed to be taken before expanding the deployment, including increasing use in nursing homes, training new people to administer the jabs and the fight against burnout in the NHS.

When asked when the general population could expect to be offered a third injection, they told The i that “it would probably be well after Christmas”.

They added, “When you think about how long most of these people had [their second jab], they are still in the six month range. And keeping in mind that a lot of people will have had Covid – they’re basically tripled.

The JCVI member also criticized the government’s mixed messages, describing them as a “do what we say, don’t do what we do” attitude.

They added: “Everything is going great, Sajid Javid says if you don’t get your boosters you’re going to lose your freedoms by Christmas, but if you look at the House of Commons you see most conservative politicians don’t wear masks, you think, it’s just crazy. It’s doing what we say, not doing what we do. This is a very, very bad public message in my opinion.

Sources say more progress is needed on the booster’s current rollout before it rolls out to the general population (Photo: Getty Images)

“The satire is redundant at this point – it’s something I saw on Twitter the other day – and it is. How can you make a bad situation worse? Put Sajid Javid on a desk and he will do it for you.

Modeling by the scientific advisory group SAGE said it was “highly unlikely” that the NHS would be overwhelmed by Covid this winter, even without restrictions.

He predicts that a combination of immunity from both vaccines and people who caught the virus should be enough to keep hospitalizations below wave two.

In the minutes of a meeting released on Friday, Sage experts said that a spike in infections like the one seen in January was “increasingly unlikely.”

Experts predict a series of wider, flatter peaks, but the meeting was dated October 14 and they have always advised the government to ensure that Plan B restrictions can be rolled out “quickly” if necessary.

They said the measures – including mandatory masks, vaccine passports for crowded places and a return to work from home orientation – should all be implemented in unison to have the greatest impact.

Scientists may not expect a peak as severe as last winter, but daily infections topped 50,000 on Thursday for the first time since July.

Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street on Wednesday, the health secretary said Sajid Javid infections could soon reach 100,000 cases per day.

The British Medical Association accused the government of being “willfully negligent” for failing to reinstate restrictions such as mandatory masks.

Earlier this week, the group’s chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said doctors can “categorically” say that “the time has come” to present plan B.

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