The government is preparing to roll out a third round of Covid vaccines for vulnerable and older people in the autumn.
This may mean booster Covid jabs may soon be required for foreign travel, while those vaccinated may also need to update their Covid ‘passport’.
It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the roll-out – expected to start in September – to priority groups.
A government source close to the discussions about Covid certification rules told the Mail on Sunday that health “passports” will likely need to be kept up to date with booster jabs.
The latest government update was on August 8
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“The assumption is that you will be required to have the most up-to-date health passport,” the source said. “So if the advice is to have a booster six months after your second jab, then that is what you’ll need.”
The rules will come into place from October, subject to parliamentary approval. There will also be a 16-week grace period.
A Minister told the Mail on Sunday the ‘logical’ move will be to make the booster shots a requirement for travel, adding that the most up-to-date Covid certification for travel will become as normal as the need to have a yellow fever jab to enter certain countries.
“When it comes to booster jabs we are waiting for the final advice from [the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] … and when we get that advice we will be able to start the booster programme, but I anticipate it will begin in early September, so I’m already making plans for that,” Mr Javid said.
A government spokesperson said the JCVI, which is independent of government, will make the final decision on booster jabs.
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