COVID-19: Vacationers could be asked to have a third jab to travel as “the concept of passport for vaccines will evolve”, said Minister of Care

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British holidaymakers may in the future be asked to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they can travel and return easily from abroad, a minister told Sky News.

People in England currently need to be fully immunized, which means they have received both doses of a COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccine, in order to travel and return from abroad easily without the burden of additional testing.

But as part of the booster jab rollout, people over 50 are being asked to have a third dose.

People aged 16 and over with a medical condition – which puts them at high risk of coronavirus – are also invited to receive a third dose.

Asked by Kay Burley of Sky whether those invited for a third dose will need to have it done for travel, Gillian Keegan, Minister of Care, said: “I don’t think so, the advice at the moment is double vaccination. , but of course that will change over time as the third dose arrives.

“But it would be unreasonable to say now that we have just started the recall program. It’s two doses for now, but I’m sure the concept of the vaccine passport will evolve. “

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Will boosters soon have five months?

People under the age of 50 or those who do not have a health condition that puts them at high risk for COVID may be offered a third dose in the future.

The program began in September and those currently offered the third dose are advised to take one six months after their second injection.

Ms Keegan told Kay Burley that the government will not reduce this six-month gap unless the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommends it.

His comments come as the pace of the booster vaccine rollout is too slow, with former Health Secretary and Tory MP Jeremy Hunt suggesting the gap should be narrowed to five months to improve immunity as it approaches. Xmas.

In the latest data released on Thursday, the UK registered 52,009 new Covid case and 115 virus-related deaths.

The number of new infections marked the first time that figure exceeded 50,000 since July 17.


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