Governments worldwide implemented necessary steps to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic and prevent further health risks from arising. In 2020, the UK government broadened efforts to conduct mass testing among citizens to identify those infected with COVID-19. Knowing who carries the virus enables individuals to receive immediate treatment and follow isolation rules to mitigate spreading the disease to someone else.
Available COVID tests include a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), an antibody, and a rapid antigen test. Getting a negative result from these tests is paramount, especially for individuals travelling to international locations. They are required to present a fit to fly COVID test before they can proceed with their flight.
However, travellers are advised to verify with their airline if the country they will visit accepts only a specific type of COVID test travel or allows rapid antigen test for travel.
In 2021, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines played a vital role amid the ongoing pandemic. Apart from reducing health risks, these vaccines are also considered tools to facilitate the safe, sustainable, and robust resumption of international travel and the return of regular activities. With more members of the population receiving their full doses, citizens may expect the easing of certain pandemic mandates. Additionally, individuals may soon also receive their booster shots.
The National Health Service (NHS) recently announced that it is considering offering a third vaccine dose to people who are already fully vaccinated. An individual is regarded complete in COVID-19 vaccination after receiving the second dose. Booster shots are designed to prolong the efficacy of the vaccine’s protective immunity. Moreover, having significant levels of antibodies is necessary to fight the novel coronavirus and its variants.
To learn more about what these booster shots do, who can receive them, and other information, see this infographic from Harley Medic International that discusses important facts regarding the third vaccine.