Britons with teenagers risk paying hundreds of dollars for frequent Covid testing due to vaccine regulation oversight.
France, Italy and Austria all require a national vaccination card to enter many public spaces, including restaurants and hotels.
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However, in the UK, children between the ages of 12 and 15 do not meet the requirements for a national vaccine pass as they can only receive one vaccine rather than being ‘fully immunized’.
The government has recommended that adolescents aged 16 to 17 receive a second dose of the vaccine, but no decision has been made on a second dose for those aged 12 to 15.
This gap means that many people planning trips to downhill ski resorts or Christmas markets this winter will face complications.
Instead of ‘full vaccination status’, young people aged 12 to 15 may be required to prove that they have recovered from Covid in the past 12 months, although the relevant certification from a private clinic can cost hundreds.
Alternatively, in France and Italy, they can pay hundreds of pounds for regular testing if they cannot prove that they are fully vaccinated.
However, in Austria, where a lockdown is in place, young people between the ages of 12 and 15 would not be allowed in any public space.
There is a similar situation in Germany where young people aged 12 to 15 who are not “fully vaccinated” cannot enter the country while those under 12 can enter with a vaccinated guardian.
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According to the i, travel industry spokesperson and CEO of The PC Agency, Paul Charles, criticized the government for creating a “mix of rules that continue to confuse consumers.”
He called on the government to allow the second vaccine to be given to young people between the ages of 12 and 15 so families can enjoy “trouble-free” vacations.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: “The four British chief medical officers have recommended a first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds.
“We are keeping all available evidence under review and we continue to follow the advice of the Independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) on the future of our COVID-19 vaccination program. “
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