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People going abroad ‘may need three jabs’ to go on holiday next year

A minister has hinted that Brits may need three vaccines jabs in the future to go away on holiday.

It comes as over 50s are currently receiving the booster vaccine, or third jab, to prevent excess deaths over the winter.

The rollout has been criticised as slow so far with only around 50 per cent of those eligible getting their next jab.

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A new push to get people to get jabbed is currently being used by the Government to prevent any overwhelming of the NHS.

Care minister Gillian Keegan, 53, said the vaccine passport system will evolve, which could mean having three jabs to be able to jet off.

But now a source has claimed that boosters for people under the age of 50 would most probably be given ‘well after Christmas’.

The JCVI member told the Daily Mail the committee would probably not extend the booster roll-out to other groups of people until more tangible progress was made with people eligible for the third vaccine at the moment.

Meanwhile, a Government scientific adviser said he is ‘very fearful’ there will be another ‘ lockdown Christmas’.

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) and SAGE subgroup CO-CIN, said case numbers and death rates are currently ‘unacceptable’.

Britain’s daily Covid hospitalisations yesterday breached 1,000 for the first time in six weeks.

But SAGE scientists insisted it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the NHS would be overwhelmed by the virus this winter even without restrictions.

Modelling by the group for England predicted that the combination of vaccine-acquired immunity and natural protection would be enough to keep hospital rates below levels seen during the second wave.

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