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England Expands Fully-Vax'ed Qualification

November 24, 2021 • 3:40 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

What you need to do when visiting England for the holidays depends on whether you qualify as 'fully vaccinated' or not. This evolving term can cause international travelers confusion.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, the Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care stated on November 22, 2021, people must have proof of vaccination with an entire course of an approved vaccine.

For example, if you were vaccinated with a two-dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, you must have had both doses to be considered fully immunized for travel to the UK.

And, you must complete the course at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

This applies in all cases, even if you've recently recovered from COVID-19 and have natural immunity!

You can still travel to England if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated but you must follow different rules.

The Approved vaccines and list of countries and territories with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel to England are posted on this webpage.

India-based Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine is the newest addition to this list.

Covaxin (BBV152) is an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine that uses adjuvant Alhydroxiquim-II to boost immune response longer-lasting immunity.

Inactivated vaccines do not replicate and are unlikely to revert and cause pathological effects, says the U.S. CDC. The vaccine's adjuvant was developed with funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Furthermore, the CDC issued a Level 4: COVID-19 Very High travel advisory regarding visiting the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.