PM ‘making plans’ to add evidence of booster jab to COVID passports

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The government is planning to add evidence of a booster jab to the NHS COVID pass as Britons were warned that foreign travel will be "easier" with a vaccine top-up.

Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the prospect of Britons soon needing evidence of a booster jab to go abroad.

Following an earlier announcement that the rollout of COVID booster shots will now be extended to all over-40s, Mr Johnson highlighted increased vaccination rates as a means to avoid the reintroduction of domestic restrictions.

The prime minister warned that "storm clouds are gathering over the continent" with a "new wave" of COVID cases sweeping westwards through Europe.

"We don't yet know the extent to which this new wave will wash up on our shores, but history shows we cannot afford to be complacent," Mr Johnson said.

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But the prime minister also said he saw "nothing in the data at the moment" that would force the government to move to Plan B of their coronavirus response.

Asked if evidence of a booster jab would be added to the NHS COVID pass, Mr Johnson replied: "I think we will be making plans to add the booster dose to the NHS COVID travel pass.

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"But, again, I think what the general lesson is from anybody who wants to travel, you can see that getting fully vaccinated with a booster is going to be something that will, on the whole, make your life easier in all kinds of ways, including on foreign travel.

"So I would just say, if you're thinking about that, then this is yet another reason to get it done."

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