FAMILIES are being forced to cancel their holidays because of “restrictive” Covid-19 passport regulations for children.
As it stands, children aged 12 to 16 who have had two doses of the injection cannot use the NHS app – meaning they cannot get a Covid-19 card for digital travel.
Instead, parents must call the NHS 119 helpline or online to request an NHS Covid Pass letter for children under 16 entering countries including Spain, Italy and France without any any quarantine or self-inspection rules upon landing.
But some people under 16 are still ineligible for a second shot due to a recent infection – and there’s no way to prove the first shot was ever given.
In countries like France, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have had a vaccine and have previously had Covid-19.
Parents have been forced to “pull their hair” trying to find a way to prove their under-16s are protected – as MPs introduced rules to “effectively land” young people obey them, daily telegram report.
Father-of-two Andy O’Brien hopes to take his children to France to ski during the second half of the February semester.
His 14-year-old daughter’s first Covid hit was pushed back to January 1 after she caught Covid in October.
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Although she had a previous infection and was stabbed – meaning she was considered completely stabbed under French guidelines – Andy was forced to cancel the trip.
He was left “pulling her hair” trying to prove her previous stabbing and infection.
He added: “Every angle I tried to capture, [they] said that you cannot get a certificate for a vaccine or that you cannot have a QR code because you are not considered fully vaccinated. “
He said the UK had not produced any solid evidence, adding: “I don’t see why the Government would forget about this, or even bother with it.
“I don’t see why it’s so restrictive for someone over 12.”
Boris Johnson says sending children under 16 abroad is “as simple as possible”.
This week, he confirmed Health Secretary Sajid Javid would issue a statement “in the next few days” on how the matter would be resolved.
A digital pass that allows children aged 12 to 15 to travel will be rolled out in early 2022.
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