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Travel fury – Quarantine 'should be' axed for 'fully vaccinated' Brits from 'July 19'

Travel fury - Quarantine 'should be' axed for 'fully vaccinated' Brits from 'July 19'

The future of holidays remains uncertain for many with the Government expected to give its next update on the traffic light travel system on or around Thursday, June 24. Ahead of this, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has suggested ministers are reviewing the 10 day self-isolation period for travellers who have been fully vaccinated.

While it is not clear whether or not this will go ahead, travel experts are calling for the decision to be made sooner rather than later.

One such expert is Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, who believes quarantine should be removed for double jabbed Britons as of June 19 – the next scheduled “freedom day”.

Posting to Twitter, he said: “Looks like we will see an announcement on Thursday that fully jabbed #UK citizens won’t have to quarantine when returning from Amber-listed countries, from August.

“But a test of some kind will still be needed. Progress.”

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He added: “As the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for, Monday, July 19 should be the day fully vaccinated UK citizens can travel overseas without needing to quarantine on their return (from non-red zones).”

The WTTC has been calling for action from the Government for some time to help reunite people with friends and family, and ultimately recover the near-obliterated travel sector.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the organisation called for international travel to be reopened “by allowing fully vaccinated citizens to travel freely without quarantine.”

They also say PCR testing requirements should be removed “for vaccinated travellers coming from countries on the ‘green list’ and replace by a rapid test on arrival, or no test.”

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The WTTC believe only one test on arrival should be required for those coming from countries on the amber list “instead of the current requirement of mandatory tests on day two and day eight”.

This is due to the high costs which are out of reach for many people and thus “restrict” the ability to travel.

The WTTC concludes the Government should “align on a date to relaunch international travel – announce on June 24 intention to open up

from July 19, in line with the final unlocking of social measures in England.”

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Hancock said he is “in favour of moving forward in this area” and replacing quarantine measures with daily testing.

However, he warned: “This has not been clinically advised yet – we are working on it.

The Health Secretary continued: “We’re working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe.

“After all, that is the whole purpose of the vaccination programme, that’s why it is so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab.”

However, despite calls from industry experts, Mr Hancock did not say whether or not this new direction could aid summer holidays.

He said these kinds of changes will only be brought into force “when it’s safe to do so.”

The Prime Minister has also given a rather bleak outlook for travel in 2021.

On a visit to a laboratory in Hertfordshire, he said Britons would face a “difficult year for travel”.

Experts have also called for the green list to expand at the next review.

On Twitter, Mr Charles stated: “Higher vaccination rates, especially in Europe, are reducing 14-day infection rates to the point where it’s still obvious several destinations should be on the green list.”

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Covid vaccine: The symptom of COVID-19 'only in people who've been vaccinated'

Covid vaccine: The symptom of COVID-19 'only in people who've been vaccinated'

The coronavirus vaccines deal two decisive blows against COVID-19, both of which are linked. Firstly, they reduce the severity of the disease in people that catch it and this in turn makes the virus less transmissible. However, the vaccines do not stop you from catching COVID-19.

What’s more, people catching COVID-19 post-vaccination have reported a particular symptom not seen in people unvaccinated with the viral disease.

According to new data published by the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app – the world’s largest ongoing study of COVID-19 – sneezing more than usual can be a sign of COVID-19 but only in people who’ve been vaccinated.

As the study team explained, sneezing is not normally a symptom of COVID-19, and much more likely to be a sign of a regular cold or allergy.

“Even though many people with COVID-19 might sneeze, it’s not a definitive symptom because sneezing is so common, especially in the warmer months where people might experience hay fever,” the research team said.

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However, the study app data shows that people who had been vaccinated and then tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom compared with those without a jab.

This suggests that sneezing a lot with no explanation after you’ve been vaccinated could be a sign of COVID-19.

“However, it’s important to remember that the link between sneezing and COVID-19 isn’t very strong so you should stay alert to the 20 symptoms of the disease, whether or not you’ve been vaccinated,” the app researchers advised.

Symptoms include:

  • High temperature (fever)
  • Chills or shivers
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss or change in smell (anosmia)
  • Loss or change in taste (dysgeusia)
  • Headache
  • Unusual tiredness (fatigue)
  • Sore throat
  • Sudden confusion (delirium), especially in older people
  • Skin rash
  • Changes in the mouth or tongue (COVID tongue)
  • Red and sore fingers or toes (COVID fingers/toes)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Muscle pains
  • Hoarse voice
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skipping meals
  • Abdominal pains
  • Runny nose.

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How to respond to sneezing post-vaccination

“If you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should stay home and get a COVID test, especially if you are living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease,” advised the COVID Symptom Study app researchers.

Right now, you can only get an NHS COVID test if you have a cough, fever or loss of smell.

But you can get a test through the ZOE COVID Symptom Study if you log any of the known symptoms in the app.

Sneezing a lot could also be a potential sign that someone vaccinated has COVID-19 and, however mild, should take a test and self-isolate to protect their friends, family and colleagues.

According to the NHS, you must self-isolate again even if you’ve had a positive test result for COVID-19 before.

“You probably have some immunity to the virus but it’s not clear how long it lasts,” notes the health body.

You should also get vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine if you’re eligible.

COVID-19 vaccines are currently being offered to people aged 18 and over.

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