COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters to be Added to NHS COVID Pass for Travel

Priscilla Lynch 

November 19, 2021

People in England who have had a COVID-19 vaccine booster or a third dose will be able to demonstrate their updated vaccine status through the NHS COVID Pass from Friday, November 19.

The addition will enable those who have had their booster or 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.

Booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic COVID Pass as it is not a current requirement for individuals to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated. It will also not be necessary to show evidence of a booster for travel into England at this time.

While booster and third doses will show up automatically in the digital COVID Pass and will be visible from midday on Friday for users in England they will not immediately be available via the COVID Pass letter service. This will be updated in due course.

The booster vaccine will appear on the COVID Pass in Wales from November 29. However, evidence of a booster vaccine is not needed to enter venues in Wales which require a COVID Pass for entry. Evidence of two vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours remain the requirement.

Over 13 million COVID-19 vaccine booster and third jabs have  been administered to date in the UK.

This week, the government has also accepted the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to expand the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme to those aged 40-49 years.

Results from the first UK real-world study by the UK Health Security Agency show the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster significantly increased protection against symptomatic disease to nearly 95% in those aged 50 and above.

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