The booster jab will be added to the NHS COVID Pass in the coming days so Brits going overseas will be able to show they’ve had their top-up vaccination.
Third doses will show up automatically in the digital COVID Pass from midday today (Friday 19 November) for users in England and will appear on the app in Wales from 29 November, Sky News reports.
The update comes as countries start to impose time limits on vaccination status.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that people would need to get a booster if they wanted to ensure they were able to travel overseas in the future.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to show their vaccine status if they are travelling abroad.
“This update to the NHS COVID Pass will mean people can have their complete medical picture at their fingertips if they are going on holiday or seeing loved ones overseas.”
It won’t be added to the domestic COVID Pass because it ‘is not a current requirement for individuals to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated’.
Despite that, Mr Javid urged: “Getting a top-up jab is our best defence against this virus and I urge all those who are eligible to come forward and get boosted.”
Meanwhile, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said proof of vaccination for travel to England will be recognised from 15 more nations from 4am on Monday 22 November, including Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe.
No more countries or territories have been added to the red list, although Mr Shapps said the situation continued to be kept ‘under review’.