Holidaymakers may need three Covid vaccines to travel abroad next summer

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A minister has said holidaymakers may need up to three doses of the Covid vaccine if they want to travel abroad next summer.

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Care Minister Gillian Keegan said people who have taken two doses are currently considered fully vaccinated, but that definition is likely to “evolve over time”.

This means that people can eventually be fully vaccinated only if they have a booster vaccine.


Asked if people won’t be able to travel until they get their third dose, the minister told Sky News: “I don’t think so.

“At the moment the advice is double-jabbed vaccination but of course this will evolve over time as the third dose approaches.

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“It’s two doses for now, but I’m sure the vaccine passport concept will evolve and ‘if you’ve had your booster etc’ it will be because it probably won’t bode well for next summer.”

Current rules state that people who have received two COVID vaccines are considered fully vaccinated and can avoid quarantine restrictions when traveling abroad.

The government has said that at present there are no plans to change the parameters of ‘fully vaccinated’.

It comes as the wait between a second dose of the vaccine and a booster could be reduced from six months to five, with plans reportedly being considered to speed up the rollout.

Boris Johnson said the time between jabs was an “extremely critical point” and stressed the need to “keep moving as quickly as possible” to deliver boosters.

Although i newspaper The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization quoted an unnamed source as saying that under 50s are unlikely to get their shot until “well after Christmas.”

“We haven’t discussed it yet and I think it will probably be good after Christmas,” he said.

“When you think about how long ago most of these people had [their second jab], they are still within the six-month limit.

In a sign that demand may pick up, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said a record 234,000 booster vaccine bookings were made on Wednesday.

“Getting your booster when it’s offered to you is key to keeping you safe from Covid-19 in the winter,” he said. “I urge everyone to make their booking at the earliest.”

A booster shot of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is having a dramatic effect, the firms claimed after a trial.

In the trial, booster doses given to patients who had the initial two jabs showed a relative vaccine efficacy of 95.6 percent compared to those who did not receive a booster.


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