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COVID vaccination is essential to Easter holiday plans

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09 Feb 2022

Getting fully jabbed could make all the difference in ensuring a hassle-free overseas vacation for anybody thinking of escaping to the sun or ski slopes for the Easter holidays.

Health services and pharmacies in Bradford district and Craven have the solution with a range of vaccination centres and pop-up clinics offering jabs, from 9.30am to 11pm, depending on which day you visit. For those looking to avoid another year of staycations, the local NHS is encouraging people to get jabbed now so they can enjoy a holiday abroad.

As well as opening up the choice of travel destinations, having a full course of vaccinations will help to protect you against the life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19 and you won’t have to take any tests when you return to the UK.

However, anybody who is not fully vaccinated will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two after arriving in the UK. The UK test alone could add at least £60 per person to the cost of the holiday. For a family of four, that is a minimum of £240 – the cost of an excursion trip or extra spending money for luxuries.

Most countries require visitors to have a full course of vaccinations, including boosters. Travellers should always check vaccination requirements with the tour operator or visit the website of the embassy or government of their destination.

If you are thinking of travelling on the first Saturday of the Easter holidays (Saturday 9 April) you should have your booster before Saturday 26 March. You can only have the booster if you have had the earlier doses.

Examples of popular destinations, where being fully vaccinated includes a booster (as of 4 February 2022) are:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • France (unless you had your second vaccination at least a week before travelling but no more than nine months before arriving in the country)
  • Greece – you will also need a pre-departure PCR or antigen test and can only enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public places if you have had a booster or take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before your night out
  • Italy
  • Spain – you must have had your booster 14 days or more before arrival. Having had two doses more than 270 days (nine months) before travel is no longer classified as being fully jabbed
  • Switzerland – you will need to have had a booster within nine months to be considered as fully vaccinated.

The good news is that if you are planning to have a holiday abroad over the summer (after 27 July) there is time for the full course of jabs, including the booster, as long as you have them by the following dates:

  • 1st vaccination – Wednesday 16 February
  • 2nd vaccination – Wednesday 13 April
  • Booster – Wednesday 13 July

Karen Dawber, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccine programme in Bradford district and Craven said: “We have been waiting for so long to be able to get away to the sun or the snow and being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 means we can finally plan well-earned holidays. I encourage everybody who is eligible to have the vaccination so they are protected against the virus and can travel abroad without worrying about being stopped from travelling to or entering the country they want to visit.

“Just about every country in the world requires us to be fully vaccinated to protect ourselves and, crucially, the people who live and work in our holiday and business travel destinations. It is a small price to pay to keep us all safer.”

A list of vaccination centres and pop-up clinics is published daily on the Bradford District and Craven CCG website, including those sites where you can talk to a clinician about any concerns you have about the vaccination or the vaccine before deciding whether to have the jab. Visit http://www.bit.ly/CovidVaccineBDC for details and information about the coronavirus.

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