A leaked schedule seen by the Health Service Journal suggests that everyone in Britain will have the coronavirus vaccine by the end of April 2021. The thought of a post-pandemic world has got Brits dreaming about going on holiday and exploring the world once more when it is safe to do so. But will a Covid vaccine be mandatory for international travel?
A COVID-19 vaccine which is reportedly 90 percent effective may be administered to everyone in the UK by the end of April, leaked Government plans suggest.
A staggering 10 million doses being doled out in December to older adults in care homes and care home workers, the plan seems to be to start with the oldest people first.
Phase two will reportedly see those aged between 50 and 75 and high-risk adults getting the jab next.
Everyone aged between 18 and 50 should be eligible to have the vaccination from early 2021.
But will the vaccine be mandatory for international travel?
This vaccination will be the key to returning to what we know as a normal, pre-pandemic life.
Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat has suggested that those who refuse the vaccination may be banned from coming into work.
He said: “‘If vaccination works and if we’re confident it’s safe, and all indications so far are good, then I can certainly see the day when businesses say: ‘Look, you’ve got to return to the office and if you’re not vaccinated you’re not coming in.’”
He added: “I can certainly see social venues asking for vaccination certificates.”
The Prime Minister and Health Secretary are yet to comment on this possibility.
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Will Covid vaccine be mandatory for international travel?
If anti-vaxxers are banned from the workplace, it’s more than likely that the vaccine will be mandatory for international travel.
Nations across the globe are anxious about holidaymakers and travellers bringing in the virus.
Equally, the UK Government wouldn’t want Brits going abroad and coming back infected with coronavirus.
However, travel expert Simon Calder has said he doesn’t think vaccination will be mandatory for “several years”.
In 2021, proof of vaccination may act as an alternative to testing at airports.
It is thought that a vaccination certificate may work in the same way as a passport, but digital.
Tech company Onfido was invited to discuss the possibility of a digital health certificate with the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee in April.
The company called immunity passports “the linchpin of a new normality”.
The certificate would contain their certificate of immunity, and people could scan their QR code on their mobile phone to enter airports, or even workplaces and other public venues.