By Ron Howells • 16 August 2021 • 7:33
Booster vaccines 'could be compulsory' for foreign holidays. image: Wikipedia
Booster vaccines ‘could be compulsory’ for foreign holidays and care home staff.
UK government ministers are reportedly discussing plans to make Covid vaccine booster shots compulsory for care home staff and quarantine-free travel abroad, according to The Mirror.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has already made plans for booster shots to go to vulnerable groups and over-50s from September. Ministers are now suggesting that the “logical” next step would be to make these booster jabs a condition of retaining a person’s vaccine status up-to-date.
“The assumption is you will be required to have the most up-to-date health passport. So if the advice is to have a booster six months after your second jab, then that is what you will need,” a source said to the newspaper.
According to The Mirror, that would mean travel benefits for some double-jabbed Brits – for instance, being spared quarantine on return from amber list countries – may only continue if they get triple-jabbed.
“If I were the Government I would tread carefully on this. Booster jabs will take a while to get to the majority of the travelling public. And there are issues around whether they are necessary – some scientists say that they may not be necessary,” said former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith.
Pfizer says it plans to apply for emergency use authorisation of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine for use in the US.
According to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, new data shows a booster shot “strongly” hikes protection against the delta variant.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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