This year we all need a holiday. The UK Government have recently announced that the easing of restrictions on 19th July are going ahead. Amongst the host of other freedoms we will be able to exercise, there is the exciting prospect of foreign travel without quarantine. Fully vaccinated travellers won’t have to self-isolate when they return from certain countries, making a trip abroad more of a realistic prospect.
In this article, we explore how to qualify for a Covid passport in Nailsea before that long-awaited summer break.
What Are the Rules from 19th July?
On 19th July, nearly all legal restrictions will be lifted. Social distancing won’t be enforced (though it is still encouraged) and most employees will begin transitioning back to work. Certain guidelines will remain in place, but it is down to personal responsibility to follow them.
Shops, restaurants, venues and other businesses can use their own discretion when enforcing Covid rules. It is likely many will continue implementing mask wearing indoors, though. The Government wants all nightclubs and large events to only admit fully vaccinated members of the public, though it is not compulsory yet.
What is a Covid Passport?
A Covid Passport is a certificate confirming that you have received the full course of one of the vaccines. Some other criteria can qualify you including a negative test result but, in this case, it will expire after a short period of time. In the UK, the accepted vaccination passport is the NHS Covid Pass, which is available as a QR code or paper certificate.
What Are the Rules for the Fully Vaccinated?
In the UK, nearly 65% of adults have already received both doses of a Covid vaccine. If you’re not one of them, now is the time to get your second appointment in the diary. From 19 July, adults who are fully vaccinated can travel to amber list countries and not quarantine when they return.
Travellers still need to take a test three days before their return and two days after. They won’t have to do another test on day eight, however. Effectively, for people who have received two doses, the rules for green and amber countries are the same.
A vaccine certificate is also worth considering even if you’re not planning to go away. Some businesses like nightclubs and large events will be checking vaccine passports before admitting people into their venues. The Government have also said they reserve the right to make vaccine certifications mandatory if it becomes necessary. So, receiving both vaccines in time for the summer should be high on your priority list in order to preserve your newfound freedom.
Where Can I Travel with the Covid Passport?
Though you will still need to check your chosen destination’s specific entry rules, more than 30 countries have reportedly agreed to accept the NHS Pass. Amber list holiday hotspots include Morocco, Spain, Greece, Portugal and the US. France, another great holiday destination, says they will only allow the fully vaccinated into the country.
How To Get the NHS Covid Pass
You can download the passport digitally from the NHS website or through their official app. Alternatively, you can request a paper letter via the website or by calling 119. To be eligible, one of the following must apply:
It has been 2 weeks since your second vaccine in England.
You’ve received negative results to a PCR or lateral flow test in the past 48 hours. (Note: the passport will only last 48 hours in this case).
You’ve received a positive result to a PCR test and have finished self-isolating.
Where to Book Your Vaccine in Nailsea
In order to qualify for your Covid Passport, you need to receive both doses of a vaccine two weeks before you want to download or request it. Tyntesfield Medical Group have been helping protect the people of Nailsea throughout the pandemic, administering over 35,000 vaccines. They have recently reduced the interval between doses from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. This means you might be eligible for your next jab earlier than you thought!
If you have already had your first vaccine with Tyntesfield Medical Group, you will be contacted by them when it is time to book your second jab.
If you’ve got your heart set on a summer getaway this year and you received your first dose at the end of May, phone the booking line on 01275 866761 between 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday to secure your appointment.
Alternatively, you can go to a walk-in vaccination centre in Bristol any day for the remainder of this month. Find out where Bristol walk-in vaccination centres are and when they are open with this website.