Let double-jabbed parents take unvaccinated kids abroad from JULY, says team Rishi in bid to get hols back in weeks

DOUBLE jabbed mums and dads should be allowed to take their unvaccinated kids on holiday from July, say key allies of Rishi Sunak.

Plans to allow adults with two doses to travel in August to amber list countries are due to be announced within days.

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Summer holidays will soon be opened up for double-jabbed Brits

However, ministers are under growing pressure to bring forward the plans to next month to save the school holidays on the continent.

At the moment only people going to green-list countries are automatically free once they return home from travelling – although they do have to take at least two expensive PCR tests.

Anyone coming back from an amber-list country has to quarantine for ten days at home.

But a new system to allow adults who have had two doses to travel in August to and from such countries – including holiday France, Spain, Italy and Greece – without quarantining are set to be announced within days.

And unjabbed family members aged under 18 will be able to fly too as they have not been offered the vaccine.

However, now a key ally of Mr Sunak has called for the changes to kick in on July 19.

Tory MP James Cartlidge has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to demand double jabbed Brits be given freedom next month.

He said: “The proposal to restart international travel by allowing fully vaccinated people to go on holiday would be an absolute lifeline for this industry.”

He added: “I believe that allowing fully vaccinated people to travel is reasonable, and an important step we can take to support our fantastic travel business.”

It comes as:

  • Boris Johnson is set to announce on Monday whether lockdown can lift two weeks early – but it’s unlikely he will go ahead with it
  • Matt Hancock refused to rule out further lockdown rules in winter – but said Freedom Day was on track as planned
  • He pointed out that hospitalisations were “barely rising” and deaths stayed “very low”
  • If amber list countries were opened up, it could put holidays in Croatia, Cyrpus, Greece, Italy, France and Spain back on the cards in the coming months

Sources have said Mr Sunak was supportive of the call but did not put his right hand man up to writing the letter

Earlier today Matt Hancock revealed that ministers were indeed looking at plans for whether double-vaccinated Brits might be able to avoid quarantine in future when they travel abroad.

A Journalist understands the new rules will mean under 16s will be able to go with their parents on holiday – but only if both parents have had two jabs.

And it’s likely they will have to wait two weeks after that for their protection to kick in – as is already the case in the EU travel rules.

An announcement is expected as early as this week, alongside an update on the green, amber and red-list destinations.

But as A Journalist revealed yesterday, it’s unlikely that many will be added – if any.

At the moment only people going to green-list countries are free once they return home from travelling – though they do have to take at least three PCR tests.

Anyone coming back from an amber-list country has to quarantine for ten days at home.

And those returning from a red-list destination have to stay in dedicated quarantine hotels, paying a whopping £1,750 for the privilege.

Brits will then be able to enjoy going to amber-list countries without having to quarantine when they get back – in a major boost for holidays

Boris Johnson has been accused of letting Germans steal a march in the sunbed wars – as double-jabbed Brits still have to stay away from many beach destinations thanks to strict travel rules.

Germans are free to travel and have wasted no time getting the towels down despite the EU’s bungled jabs rollout and the country averaging more than 100 deaths a day.

Scientists, MPs, travel bosses and holidaymakers last night warned Brits risk being left behind despite our plummeting death rate and the fact that almost all adults have had at least one vaccine shot.

Mr Johnson did say the country was “looking good” for domestic unlocking on July 19 but he was downbeat about foreign holidays.

Government adviser Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert at Nottingham Trent University who sits on the government’s Nervtag advisory group, told A Journalist last night that it was time to “stop jumping at shadows” and give Brits their holiday freedoms back.

He said: “Fully vaccinated people should have freedom of movement, or as much freedom of movement as any other country will allow them.

“We have a persistent misunderstanding of risk. If you’re double vaccinated, there is very little risk to you from travelling anywhere else on the planet, because the vaccines would work just as well in Kathmandu as in Kenya.

“The concern is that vaccines do not stop you getting a mild infection with some local variant.

“If you bring it back into the country where pretty much everybody else is double vaccinated, they are all protected to the same extent that you are.

“There’s a failure to think this through from a risk management perspective perhaps rather than a public health perspective.”

Prof Karol Sikora, of the University of Buckingham, said: “It’s cruel to ruin everyone’s summer holiday for reasons which simply aren’t backed up by the science.

“Current travel restrictions will not stop new variants coming in anyway because the actual procedures are not rigorous enough. Cases will inevitably slip through.

“The Government should either shut down the borders completely and not let anyone in, or open up travel for the rest of us.

“It’s no good preaching about the risks while allowing world leaders to enjoy a jolly on the beach in Cornwall.”

His plea was echoed by senior Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who urged: “Let’s just get this all into some perspective and re-evaluate the risks faced by people.” 

The former Tory leader warned: “We cannot totally eliminate the risk but the vaccines should be acknowledged as the game-changer they are. 

“There is no reason for the summer to be tough for people who have been double jabbed.” 

Asked about the proposals to let double-jabbed Brits out of quarantine this morning, Mr Hancock said: “It is absolutely something we’re working on, it’s something I want to see.

Matt Hancock said ministers were working on plans to give Brits their freedoms back if they’ve been jabbed

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

“We’ll get there when it’s safe to do so. We want to do this right, we want to do this carefully and properly.

“But of course we do want to get those freedoms back. That’s the whole point of the vaccination programme.

“When I’m in a position to be able to say something more concrete then we will do.”

A top Public Health England medic also hinted double-vaccinated Brits won’t have to isolate after foreign trips in future.

Dr Susan Hopkins said there may be “alternatives to isolation” for holidaymakers who have received both of their Covid jabs.

But she warned that Brits should stick to home holidays this summer.

Mums and Dads will be able to take their unvaccinated kids to amber list countries – possibly as early as August

Asked if there is a chance those who have had two jabs could go abroad, she told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “We’ll be looking at the evidence from other countries.

“We’ve talked a lot to countries like Israel who are ahead of us in the vaccination campaign, and they are now really looking at allowing people to come into their country who’ve had two vaccines and not needing to isolate.

“And they are allowing their population to travel more.

“We will need to be alert and will need to consider how we can measure the response of these vaccines to new variants that come along.

“But we are moving steps forward, and I think that in a time in the future, I’m not sure when, I can imagine a situation where we will have alternatives to isolation for people who have two doses of the vaccine.”