Half-term holiday warning as unvaccinated children remain barred from Spain

Spain nonetheless has its strict vaccination guidelines in place for journey, which means these aged 12 and over should have had two doses or extra of a Covid-19 vaccine with the intention to go to the nation from the UK.

That is prone to hit half-term holidays laborious, as households whose teenage kids haven’t but had the jab are compelled to cancel or delay plans. (Kids below 12 are presently exempt from vaccine guidelines.)

Whereas round three quarters (79 per cent) of adults within the UK have now had three doses of a vaccine, the rollout is simply simply beginning to attain 12 to 15-year-olds.

Solely 300,000 – round 12 per cent – of 12 to 15-year-olds within the UK have had two doses of a vaccine.

Spain is the preferred vacation vacation spot for UK travellers, usually attracting greater than 18 million guests annually; a couple of weeks in the past it topped Abta’s checklist of nations Britons are planning to go to this yr.

To complicate issues additional, from subsequent month, many double-vaccinated guests might want to have a booster jab with the intention to vacation there.

Spain has introduced that, from 1 February, it would solely admit travellers who had their most up-to-date dose (the second or third jab) throughout the earlier 270 days – round 9 months.

Which means Brits who had their second jab on 6 Could 2021 will see their vaccination standing expire on 1 February, making them not “totally vaccinated” in Spain – they might want to have a booster jab earlier than being allowed to enter.

“From 1 February 2022, with the intention to journey to Spain with a vaccination certificates, the certificates should have been issued by the competent authorities of the nation of origin at the very least 14 days after the date of administration of the final dose of the complete course of vaccination, so long as the ultimate dose of that course of vaccination was not more than 270 days in the past,” reads an announcement on the nation’s SafeSpain journey web site.

The transfer is in step with a lot of the EU, whose member states voted to implement an immunity expiry date from spring 2022.

France and Italy will do the identical from February, whereas Switzerland introduced within the measure on 22 January.

Spain doesn’t settle for proof of restoration certificates as an alternative choice to vaccine passports.

The nation’s well being ministry this month confirmed that Omicron is now the dominant pressure within the nation.

In response to El Pais, the extremely transmissible variant represented between 79 and 98 per cent of all coronavirus infections for the week ending on 16 January.

Talking after the cupboard’s assembly on Monday, authorities spokesperson Isabel Rodríguez mentioned that the present wave of infections is “at a second of flattening” and requested residents to “preserve caring for themselves so we could take a look at the virus in a unique mild within the coming months.”

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