OPINION - Talking Point: Should booster jabs be required for travellers entering the UK?

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    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
A passenger pushes a trolley through the Arrival Hall of Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport (PA)
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It’s becoming increasingly clear that one will need to be boosted against Covid-19 in order to travel, and likely partake in other activities deemed more ‘risky’ for the virus, and not just double-jabbed which has been the case for some time. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested as much in an address to the nation on Tuesday night, but said he would give “people plenty of time” before making a third vaccination mandatory for travel, nightclubs and other large events.

“It’s already the case that to travel to some countries you need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated,” Mr Johnson said.

“It’s likely that within weeks this will increasingly become the norm.”

Many countries have already made a booster dose mandatory for their respective vaccination passes. In Italy, today is the deadline for having a third dose to top up your vaccine passport to enter bars and restaurants – while Austria considers the pass inactive just nine months after your latest vaccination, according to Forbes.

More than 34 million Britons have now received a third vaccine dose, which offers significant protection against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the disease. However, nine million eligible people have still yet to come forward for their jab, with the prime minister calling the amount of vaccine slots available this week as “crazy”.

Do you think that people should need to get a booster against Covid-19 before they go on holiday? Do you think a third jab should also be required for entry into large venues and nightclubs now they are widely available? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

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