The third vaccination of children starts. Family ski trips to Italy become possible

The Ministry of Health announced today that from tomorrow, January 28, it will be possible to vaccinate children between the ages of six and 15 with a third dose of Covid vaccine. As we read in the announcement, taking into account the recommendation of the Team on Protective Immunization of January 26, taking into account the position of the WHO of January 21 and the position of the US Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) dated January 5, informs that from January 28, 2022, from the age of 12, referrals for a booster dose will begin for those vaccinated with the two doses.

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“Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) is a booster vaccination with an interval of at least 5 months after completion of the full (two doses) COVID-19 immunization schedule. Issuance of UCC [unijnego certyfikatu covidowego] after taking a booster dose, it is carried out as usual,” the ministry said.

This is very good news for the travel industry. For weeks, tour operators and travel agencies that sell ski trips have been concerned about the failure to adapt Polish regulations to Italian regulations. The latter assume that in Italy only people who have been vaccinated with a full dose of Covid vaccine are allowed to use hotels, restaurants and ski lifts, and that the vaccination is only valid for six months. The validity of the so-called super green pass (the counterpart of this is the EU covid certificate) can be extended with the third vaccination. Meanwhile, in Poland, the third dose has not yet been launched for children.

The Polish Association of Tourist Offices has drawn attention to this problem in a letter to the Italian embassy in Poland. The embassy wrote back that the authorities of her country will not change the rules for Polish children, the same rules should apply to everyone.

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Polish children whose covid certificate expires in early February cannot do this

However, the Polish tourist industry did not give up. She lobbied both the Ministry of Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Health to launch the possibility of the third child vaccination in the country. The Polish authorities welcomed such a solution. However, the Ministry of Health pointed to the lack of formal confirmation of such vaccinations by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Today he gave the green light on a different basis.

At the same time, the authorities of the ski resorts in their government, which welcome foreign guests in winter, tried to relax the rules (the problem concerns not only Poles, but also Czechs and Danes). Most Poles go skiing to Trento, South Tyrol, Veneto and Lombardy. However, these treatments did not work.

– Trent itself reports that 150,000 Poles visit it during the winter holidays – explains Łukasz Adamowicz, co-owner of the BFC travel agency, specialized in organizing ski trips to Italy, and vice president of the Association of Incentive Travel Organizers. – Estimates show that for every fourth ski booking, a family with children of the age at which they would be affected by the restrictions is included. And the parents do not leave their children in the country and go skiing alone. They were threatened that they would have to give up their trip and lose their money because they would not be able to check their children into the hotel, use the ski lift or enter a restaurant with them.

According to Adamowicz, the authorization for the third vaccination came at the last minute, because on Friday and Saturday the departures of the main region from the point of view of the tourist industry and foreign ski tourism – Mazovia, will begin. – Parents will certainly breathe a sigh of relief. They have enough time to vaccinate the children before they leave. And tour operators, agents and transport companies handling this massive winter traffic are especially grateful to the director of the tourism department of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Dominik Borek, for his help in solving the problem – he adds.

The winter holidays in the provinces of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lubuskie, Małopolskie and Świętokrzyskie are almost coming to an end. Winter holidays are underway in Podlasie and the Warmian-Masurian province. But on January 31, residents of Dolnośląskie, Mazowieckie, Opolskie and Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeships start their vacation, and on February 14, residents of Lublin, Łódź, Podkarpacie, Pomorskie and Śląskie go skiing.

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