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An NHS Covid travel pass will soo be made available to 12-15-year-olds who are fully vaccinated. It comes after parents have complained of holiday disruption in countries such as Spain, Germany and Malta, as they require proof that anyone over 12 has had both vaccines to enter. Since the NHS Covid pass app is only available to those aged 16 and over, it is said the Government is looking into creating Covid travel passes for those 12-15.
The new document is said to be given initially in letter form.
This means anyone under the age of 16, who has been double jabbed will be able to prove their vaccination status for international travel.
Ministers and official have not released a date for when the children’s Covid pass will be available.
According to i news, No 10 is keen for the change to come in as soon as possible to avoid any Christmas holiday’s being ruined.
But civil servants at the Department of Health are said to be still working on the project.
At the moment, it can be difficult for families to visit Italy, Austria, France and Canada as they require a vaccine pass for entry into public areas – this often includes hospitality venues, such as ski lifts.
It comes as Stephen Smith, a parent of a 12-year-old who has had the first does of the Pfizer jab spoke about the possible letter.
He said: “This is long overdue but excellent news, albeit it appears that it will initially not be a digital solution.
“As long as the promised letter includes a QR code readable in Europe, this would be very welcome news for families who would no longer be prevented from travelling to Europe once their children are vaccinated.”
The NHS Digital team sent Mr Smith a letter reading: “The Government is exploring ways to provide fully vaccinated children aged 12-15 with a travel NHS Covid Pass.
“This will be available soon, initially via an NHS Covid Pass travel letter.
“Further information will be made available online.”
It comes as more than one million children aged 12 to 15 have received a single does of the vaccine with around three million eligible, according to the NHS.
Some vulnerable people in that age group have already received two doses.
Children between 12 and 15 are eligible to get their second does 12 weeks after their first.
As for the side effects some children may experience from the Covid vaccine, the NHS lists common side effects as:
Most side effects are mild and should only last one or two days, such as:
• a sore arm from the injection
• feeling tired
• a headache
• feeling achy
• flu-like symptoms including shivering (chills)
Children should rest and you can give them paracetamol to help make them feel better.
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