Teen Covid travel pass to be launched
Countries like Spain and Germany have border rules requiring people over the age of 12 to carry proof of Covid vaccinations
However, while the measure may help family vacations, it is unclear whether it will be in place in time for Christmas.
How will the new Covid travel pass work?
According to the i, the new Covid travel pass will initially be rolled out as a physical letter rather than in the NHS Covid app.
This will serve as proof that young people between the ages of 12 and 15 have been vaccinated.
This letter will be useful for families wishing to visit countries such as Germany, Malta and Spain, which have Covid border restrictions requiring anyone over the age of 12 to have proof that they have been bitten from the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, major ski destinations Austria, France and Italy require vaccine passes to enter public areas, with this rule also extending to ski lifts in some areas.
But since health officials are said to be in the process of drawing up the project, it is unclear when the program will be ready.
The 12-15 age group began receiving their first doses of the vaccine in September, with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) recommending last week that they should be given a second dose.
With a recommended interval of 12 weeks between injections, second doses should begin to be distributed to young adolescents over the next fortnight.
Over-12s in other European countries were made eligible for a second dose earlier in 2021.
New Covid travel rules criticized
While getting out of the UK is expected to be made slightly easier, the government has come under heavy criticism for the rules it has introduced on inbound travel.
Pre-departure testing was recommended by the SAGE advisory body last week.
Professor Woolhouse told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday (5 December) that it was ‘too late’ for pre-departure testing to make a ‘material difference’ to the spread of the Omicron variant Covid-19.
This means hundreds of Britons have been stranded in redlist countries, such as South Africa, and are unlikely to be able to book into a quarantine hotel until next Monday (December 13), reported the newspaper.
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