The UK’s NHS Covid Pass is now available for 12 to 15 year olds to use for international travel and prove their vaccine status when required. We’ve got all of the details for you below.
Beginning December 13, all persons from ages 12 to 15 who’ve been fully vaccinated against Covid in the UK can receive an NHS Covid Pass letter to show for any international trips.
How Will The Proof Of Vaccination Work?
According to the UK’s official government website, the child’s proof of vaccination will be given by a “letter service.” This service will include a 2D barcode that can be used internationally to show their proof of vaccination. A digital version of the pass will be released and accessible in early 2022.
To get the letter, you can either call 119 for service or head to the National Health Service website at NHS.uk. Expect to wait up to a week to get the Covid Pass letter.
Following Monday’s announcement about the NHS Covid Pass, the UK’s Health and Social Care secretary, Sajid Javid, made the following statement: “From today, I can confirm the NHS Covid Pass is being rolled out to 12-15 year olds for international travel, allowing even more people to be able to prove their vaccine status for travel where it’s needed.”
Young Travelers To Canada, Germany And The Netherlands Must Show Proof of Vaccination
As the vaccines get approved for younger age groups around the world, more countries are expanding the age limit for proof of vaccination status in their entry guidelines.
In a number of countries that are popular with UK travelers such as Spain, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, young travelers will have to quarantine and/or undergo extra testing if they can’t show proof of full vaccination prior to departure.
For instance, Canada’s current travel restrictions state that any unvaccinated children between the ages of 12-17 arriving to Canada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. regardless of whether they are accompanied by their fully vaccinated parent or guardian or not.
And in the Netherlands, any traveler 13 years of age or older must self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days if they don’t show proof of full vaccination. Travelers can shorten the quarantine period following a negative Covid test result taken on Day 5.
Wondering if proof of vaccination will be required when traveling with your family this holiday season? Always check the latest local guidelines to see what travel documents you’ll need before setting off on your trip.
Covid Vaccines For Children Ages 12 To 15 In The UK
From last September, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in the UK for children ages 12 to 15. Only one dose was recommended for healthy children by experts in the field when the approval was announced.
Then a few weeks ago on November 29, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated its guidance by saying that 12 to 15-year-olds should be offered a second dose of the vaccine. For children of this age group, the second dose should be given at least 12 weeks after the first vaccination.
So for those persons vaccinated back in September and October, they can now get their second shot and receive the NHS Covid Pass as proof of vaccination for any destination that may require it.
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