The NHS across Suffolk and north east Essex has teamed up with one of the country’s leading travel companies, Fred. Olsen Travel and TravelQuest, to launch a campaign aimed at reminding holidaymakers who are planning a trip abroad to get their COVID-19 vaccination.
It comes as the travel industry sees high numbers of bookings for half term, Easter or summer breaks.
After an almost two-year hiatus, the booking of a holiday abroad is likely to be a priority for many, but people will need to show proof of vaccination before they are able to travel and enter another country.
It means those who have not yet been fully protected will be unable to enjoy an overseas travel experience.
Fred. Olsen Travel and TravelQuest is supporting the NHS in its efforts to further increase awareness to those not yet fully vaccinated to take-up the offer and get protected against coronavirus.
Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of the Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “I am delighted with the support from Fred. Olsen Travel and TravelQuest in helping us get these vital messages out to those people planning on booking an overseas holiday.”
“After two years of lockdown, worry and travel restrictions, for many people an overseas holiday is what they are rightly very much looking forward to. While it’s important we remain vigilant and remember that coronavirus is still very much with us, a holiday will undoubtedly have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing. Getting away from things does us all a great deal of good. So, get your vaccination protection and enjoy a holiday abroad with your family this year.”
Paul Hardwick, Head of Commercial at Fred. Olsen Travel, said: “We fully support this vital campaign.
“Many of the holiday destinations that we are seeing high numbers of bookings to do require overseas visitors to have all Covid jabs. The last thing anyone wants is to be told you cannot enter a country because you’ve not been fully vaccinated. We want people to enjoy their break after what has been an unprecedented two years. We will support the NHS across Suffolk and north east Essex to get these messages out to holidaymakers through our stores and via our social media platforms.”
The NHS across Suffolk and north east Essex continues to hold dozens of local walk-in vaccination clinics each day with no appointment needed or timed appointments can be booked online.
The website www.sneevaccine.org.uk gives all the information needed including walk-in clinic locations, eligibility and trusted facts on the vaccine.
There is also a local helpline where anyone with questions or concerns can speak with an advisor by calling 0344 257 3961