December 14, 2021
The UK government has announced that those under 16 are now eligible for an NHS Covid Pass for international travel. That’s good news for families planning a ski vacation, but only if the kids are doubled. UPDATE
Until now, only those over 16 could obtain a Covid Pass proving their vaccination status to be used for travel.
The change means that 12 to 15-year-olds who have received an approved full vaccine will be able to demonstrate their immunization status to meet border entry and health card requirements into the country.
This includes several ski nations.
The Covid Pass will be in the form of a letter with an internationally recognized 2D barcode.
The letter will be valid for 30 days and may take up to 7 business days to be delivered.
It can be ordered by calling 119 or through the NHS.UK website.
The government has said it is planning a “digital solution” early next year.
“This decision will allow families to plan their vacation in 2022 with greater confidence, as parents can be reassured that they can prove their child’s immunization status once they have received both doses of the vaccine,” said the Secretary of Health and Social Affairs, Sajid. Javide.
This move is unlikely to result in a big rush for Christmas ski travel.
On the one hand, the hard copy of the Covid pass letter might not arrive on time.
More importantly, the majority of 12 to 15 year olds will have received only one dose of the vaccine so far.
This age group did not become eligible for a dose of the vaccine until the end of September.
On November 29, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization recommended that they receive a second dose.
This would be administered no earlier than 12 weeks after the first one.
But would that be good news for the family vacation back to school in February and Easter?
“We understand the apprehension families feel about the testing requirements at the teenage resort, which is why at Inghams we have given those leaving in December the option of rescheduling their vacation to a later date.” said Inghams CEO Joe Ponte.
“If this system can be operational in time for February, combined with the accelerated deployment of the 2nd jab for 12-15 year olds, it could be a game-changer for families to give them the confidence to travel with us in the second half of the season. .
“It’s a step in the right direction for sure, but given that so many school children have now had Covid – and now have natural immunity – not also including the proof of recovery option looks like a missed opportunity . “
See here for the Inghams Covid-19 hub with all the information its customers need.
Other British operators have reacted in the same way.
“This is obviously something to be applauded. This will clearly help families later in the season, ”said Craig Burton, general manager of the specialist agent, Ski Solutions.
“But what would have been better was that they allowed a letter to be sent to 12 to 15 year olds as proof of recovery.
“A lot of them have had Covid. If you’re 16 or older, you can get digital proof of recovery, but 12-15 year olds are in limbo.
“All European countries will accept proof of recovery if you’ve had the virus in the past six months, but British children have no way of getting it.
“We continue to lobby and make a lot of noise about it. This is the most troublesome problem.
There was a quick reaction to PlanètesKI’s Facebook page with dozens and dozens of comments.
Becky Horton: Not good news for us… supposed to go to Austria on December 27th… my 13 year old son only had one jab… won’t be eligible for his second until March ?! I don’t think a 12 to 15 year old will have been double stung? Basically he can enter Austria but cannot ski
Sam Cadman: Canceled vacations! How do you get a 14 year old double sting ??
Andy Cranmer: No second jab is yet available for under 16s, unless there is a medical requirement. So pretty useless at the moment. But you can use the nhs covid confirmation email, proof of 1 jab and passport to get the health pass in local pharmacies for € 36, withdrawal on person.
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