EU citizens who have been stabbed with two different COVID-19 vaccines can finally travel to the UK without needing to be quarantined if their country is on the Green List.
The decision was announced by Britain’s Department for Transport and the Department of Health and Social Care as they unveiled the new rules for travel into the country, which will be implemented from next month.
“When two doses of the vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to mix two different types of vaccine, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Modern, you have the two vaccinations under two different approved programmes, for example, Australia and Japan and the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the European Union and Canada Departments note.
Thus, travelers from EU Green List countries who were vaccinated with the first dose of AstraZeneca and the second dose of Pfizer are now considered fully vaccinated.
At the same time, ministries noted that only four vaccines will continue to be accepted as valid evidence of immunity to COVID-19, namely Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).
Formulations of the same vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, will also be accepted.
The decision means that citizens of some EU countries, such as Hungary, who have been vaccinated with vaccines such as Sputnik V, will not be eligible to travel to the UK without restrictions even if they come from a green country.
On the other hand, EU citizens who have been vaccinated outside the residential block will obtain their status as a fully vaccinated person only if they have been vaccinated by the Public Health Authority of Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates.
However, the Department for Transport notes that until 4 October, those who have received mixed vaccines will only be allowed entry if vaccinated under an external vaccination program in the UK, EU, USA or UK.
It explains: “You must have had a full course of the approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to your arrival in England.”
Among those vaccinated with mixed vaccines against COVID-19 was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who received the first dose of AstraZeneca and the second from Pfizer.
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The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services welcomed the decision, with the country now listed in the UK’s green category. Commenting on the move, the Minister of Health and Welfare Services, Bent Hoy, said this was good news, although he noted that the ministry had no information on whether Norwegian travelers had been challenged by mixed vaccination.
“This is good news for those who were skeptical about accepting 2 doses of a different type of vaccine other than the one they received as a single dose due to a desire to travel to the UK. Although we do not realize that Norwegian travelers have faced challenges due to cross-vaccination, we hope that This results in more people being vaccinated with the second dose,” the minister said.
The same ministry claims that at least 15 EU countries have vaccinated their populations with mixed vaccines, noting that the EU recommends that vaccinated people be recognized as fully vaccinated.
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