Millions of British nationals wanting to travel to EU member states no longer have to fear they could face problems throughout their trip because their third shot of COVID-19 booster was not included in their NHS Covid Pass.
The UK Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday, 19 November that from the same date the third dose will be included in the NHS COVID Pass.
“The addition will enable those who have received a booster dose or a third dose to travel to countries including Israel, Croatia and Austria who have already introduced a time limit for the COVID-19 vaccine to be valid for quarantine-free travel,” the ministry notes in a press release announcing the decision.
It further explains that booster shots will automatically appear in your digital COVID Pass, starting today. However, the doses will be updated later in the COVID Pass Letter Service.
Meanwhile, the third shot will not be included in the locally used COVID card because the government has not made a requirement for UK citizens to receive booster shots in order to be considered fully vaccinated.
A heavy hit would not be needed to enter England, at least for the time being.
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Data from the Ministry of Health and Social Care shows that more than 13 million people have received a booster injection in countries. The vast majority are elderly and with health complications, until recently, only those over 49 and at risk were given an injection.
However, just this week, the government decided to allow those 40 and over to get the vaccine, on the recommendation of the. Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).
The UK’s Minister of Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, commented on the move, noting it was a move in an effort to make it easier for people to show their vaccine status as much as possible if they were traveling abroad.
Minister Javid said: “This update to the NHS COVID Pass will mean people can have their full medical picture handy if they are going on vacation or seeing their loved ones abroad.”
According to the department, the booster shots will automatically appear in England’s digital COVID Pass holders, starting today. However, the doses will be updated later in the COVID Pass Letter Service.
In Wales, on the other hand, permits will be updated from 29 November.
The European Union adopted a resolution equivalent to the UK’s NHS Covid Pass on 28 October. British authorities have been trying to get the NHS Covid permit recognized by the European Union as equal to the European Union’s digital vaccine certification since early summer, on July 28.
Soon after, EU member states separately confirmed that they had begun to recognize NHS Covid permits, the majority of which allow unrestricted entry to holders of such certificates.
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