British tourists will face new travel restrictions unless they are TRIPLE as Austria and Israel lead the tightening of Covid entry rules.
- Both countries have put time limits on the validity of Covid vaccines.
- Movement to protect against lowered immunity will be followed by others, expert says
- It comes as doctors said the UK booster unit will keep Covid in check this winter
British tourists will face new travel restrictions unless a triple blow is imposed on them, as Austria and Israel lead the way in tightening Covid entry rules.
Both countries have set time limits on the validity of vaccines to protect against decreased immunity.
Austria will classify travelers as unvaccinated if it has been more than 360 days since their second dose or booster, which means they must pay for a PCR test to enter.
Israel will enforce even stricter rules, banning foreigners if the date set to leave the country is more than 180 days after their second dose or booster.
A graph showing the number of Covid booster tabs delivered in the UK, as Austria and Israel tightened their entry rules to prevent wane immunity.
This could result in even triple-punctured Britons being excluded, although an exception applies to anyone who has recovered from Covid in the past six months and can present a certificate showing they have antibodies.
Paul Charles of the travel consultancy The PC Agency hopes that more countries will join the leadership of Austria and Israel.
“Countries are likely to continue to ensure that we are fully attacked,” he said. the Telegraph.
“ Completely, that means staying up to date. We see countries starting to line up. ‘
Today saw a boost for Britain’s Covid booster vaccination campaign, with experts saying it’s going fast enough to keep winter cases under control.
The Labor Party has again urged the government to “speed up” the NHS program to 500,000 doses a day, almost double the current average rate, to prevent hospitals from filling up with hospitals this winter.
Dr Abhi Mantgani Administers a Covid-19 Vaccine Booster to Joanne Coombs in Birkenhead
And Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has already warned Christmas sidewalks could be in the cards if acceptance doesn’t pick up, has repeatedly urged all eligible adults to show up for their third hit.
But despite a slow start to launch beset by bureaucratic hurdles and slow acceptance, NHS doctors and volunteers are now dispensing an average of 1.9 million booster doses each week in the UK, up from around 1 , 2 million in the first week of October.
Unusually optimistic modeling by SAGE advisers predicted that cases and hospitalizations will naturally fall this winter even without implementing the Government’s ‘Plan B’ if 1.3 million boosters are distributed weekly.
And independent experts told MailOnline today that the current pace of deployment should be enough to keep the virus at bay.
Professor David Livermore, a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline that the rollout is likely to reach the majority of the country’s most vulnerable adults in early December at the current rate.
He added: “Any suggestion that we should move to Plan B due to ‘slow’ implementation should be vigorously resisted.”
At the current rate of 1.9 million boosters per week, 23 million people will have received their booster shots by Christmas Day, nearly three-quarters of the 32 million eligible adults.
But officials also warned against complacency, urging the British to reserve their reinforcement jabs as soon as possible to ensure the launch stays on the right track.
Professor Livermore told MailOnline: ‘Around seven to eight million of the around 12 to 13 million [currently] eligible for boosters in the UK have received them. I see no reason to be overly concerned.
Scotland and Wales are essentially on Plan B already, with ongoing mask mandates and Covid passports for nightclubs and events. However, their Covid rates are no different than England, which lacks these restrictions. “
He added: “This strongly suggests that Plan B amounts to making people uncomfortable without any useful effect.”
Booster doses are currently available to all people over the age of 50, vulnerable adults, and NHS and care workers who received their second dose at least six months ago.
Cases have already started to drop in the UK and remain low in older age groups. If the trend continues, experts expect hospitalizations and deaths in the next two weeks.