Dominic Raab wasn’t kidding when he said vaccine passports are intended to “coax and cajole” people – especially young people – into getting vaccinated against Covid. This campaign has been upped again today, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warning that “if [people in their 20s] want to travel internationally again”, they must get ‘jabbed’. “It’s quite clear now,” he added. The Sun has the story.
The Transport Secretary told young people they should get double-jabbed to regain the freedom to cross borders. …
Mr Shapps said the U.K. is getting back to normal because “fortunately in this country we have very little vaccine hesitancy”.
He said a whopping 90% of Brits have now received a jab but conceded that take up has been lower amongst younger adults.
The Transport Secretary suggested that ministers are relying on the lure of foreign hols to persuade people in their 20s to get vaccinated.
He said: “They will need to get vaccinated if they want to travel internationally again. It’s quite clear now.”
Double-jabbed Brits returning from amber list countries – which includes almost all of Europe and the U.S. – now don’t need to isolate.
The new policy, which comes into force on Monday, will open up hassle-free hols to millions of Brits for the first time in two years.
A number of the popular countries with British tourists also now demand proof of vaccination to enter.
They include favourite destinations on the continent like Portugal, Malta, and France.
Meanwhile double-jabbed visitors to Spain and Greece are able to avoid the cost and uncertainty of needing to provide negative tests. …
Mr Shapps also predicted that having to be double-jabbed to return to the office will become the norm for some workers.
He said it would be a “good idea” for all Brits to get vaccinated before ending working from home.
The cabinet minister insisted there are no plans for the Government to make it compulsory but “some companies will require it”.
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