Covid plans could ban hassle-free foreign travel for those who fail to take ...

Covid plans could ban hassle-free foreign travel for those who fail to take ...
Covid plans could ban hassle-free foreign travel for those who fail to take ...

British travellers who fail to take their booster jabs face renewed restrictions, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Plans to reimpose quarantine and testing for those who have refused their third vaccine are currently being drawn up by Ministers to protect the UK against the spread of new coronavirus variants.

But they are likely to prove controversial if introduced before most of those eligible for their booster have received it. So far, only 60 per cent have done so.

The move would change the definition of 'fully vaccinated' from having had two jabs to three.

Officials are divided over how soon to implement the measure and are discussing a grace period that would allow people to travel without quarantine if they had sought a booster six months after their second jab but had not yet been offered an appointment.

British travellers who fail to take their booster jabs face renewed restrictions, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Plans to reimpose quarantine and testing for those who have refused their third vaccine are currently being drawn up by Ministers to protect the UK against the spread of new coronavirus variants. (Above, tourists from Britain arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport in June following an easing of quarantine requirements for travellers returning from the Balearic Islands)

British travellers who fail to take their booster jabs face renewed restrictions, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Plans to reimpose quarantine and testing for those who have refused their third vaccine are currently being drawn up by Ministers to protect the UK against the spread of new coronavirus variants. (Above, tourists from Britain arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport in June following an easing of quarantine requirements for travellers returning from the Balearic Islands)

The plans are likely to prove controversial if introduced before most of those eligible for their booster have received it. So far, only 60 per cent have done so. The move would change the definition of 'fully vaccinated' from having had two jabs to three

The plans are likely to prove controversial if introduced before most of those eligible for their booster have received it. So far, only 60 per cent have done so. The move would change the definition of 'fully vaccinated' from having had two jabs to three

The news came as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said almost 10 million people have now received their booster jab, but encouraged people to urge their elderly relatives to come forward

The news came as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said almost 10 million people have now received their booster jab, but encouraged people to urge their elderly relatives to come forward

Officials are divided over how soon to implement the measure and are discussing a grace period that would allow people to travel without quarantine if they had sought a booster six months after their second jab but had not yet been offered an appointment. (Pictured: Majorca, one of Spain's Balearic Islands)

Officials are divided over how soon to implement the measure and are discussing a grace period that would allow people to travel without quarantine if they had sought a booster six months after their second jab but had not yet been offered an appointment. (Pictured: Majorca, one of Spain's Balearic Islands)

Under the plans, modelled on the Israeli system, travellers would not be able to avoid the need for a third jab by producing evidence of a negative Covid-19 test. 

Last night a Government source said: 'This is not going to happen immediately – but happen it will.'

The news came as Health Secretary Sajid Javid said almost 10 million people have now received their booster jab, but encouraged people to urge their elderly relatives to come forward.

Boosters are currently available to over-50s, health workers and the clinically vulnerable, although the scheme is expected to be extended to the over-40s early next year. 

Seven out of ten of those over 80 and three in five of the over-50s in England have had their third injection, which can be administered six months after the second.

As at present, those who have not been fully vaccinated will have to self-isolate for ten full days on returning to the UK and pay for four expensive PCR tests, two before departure and two back on British soil. It is the definition of 'fully vaccinated' that will be extended to include only those who have accepted the booster.

In other developments:

The number of daily positive tests fell to 30,693, down almost 11 per cent on the previous Saturday, while hospital admissions rose 3 per cent to 1,055 over the same period and deaths rose 8 per cent to 155; Pfizer is planning to submit an application to regulators to allow its vaccine to be used on children as young as five; Ministers have launched a 'Second Chance' campaign on social media platforms such as TikTok and Snapchat to convince unvaccinated people to come forward, using hard- hitting footage of young people who rejected a jab suffering the effects of 'long Covid'; Sir

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