The government is exploring the possibility of enabling children as young as five to obtain digital certification of their Covid vaccination status.
The NHS began offering coronavirus vaccinations to children aged 5 to 11 on 4 April; the expansion of the immunisation programme is offering infants a two-dose course of the Pfizer vaccine. Each jab will be one third of the strength of those given to older children and adults.
By the end of last month, a system had been put in place through which fully vaccinated 5–11-year-olds could apply for a paper copy of an NHS Covid Pass for international travel – although, with a minimum of eight weeks between the two doses, very few will yet be eligible to obtain the document.
We’ve expanded the NHS COVID Pass system for 5-11 year olds making it easier for families to travel internationally and book their summer holidays.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) April 28, 2022
In the meantime, the government is considering the possibility of also offering a digital certification option.
“Since 28 April 2022, the NHS Covid Pass travel letter has been available for five to 11-year-olds who have received a full primary course of vaccination,” said vaccines minister Maggie Throup, in answer to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney.
“A parent or guardian can request the letter via NHS.UK or 119. The feasibility of a digital travel pass for this cohort is currently under review.”