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Double standards: Fully-vaxxed Brit expats arriving in UK from Spain discover they don’t have the same quarantine exemptions as those jabbed by NHS

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AN Olive Press reader has slammed the “double standards” imposed by UK authorities after discovering a major pitfall of visiting the UK from Spain – or indeed anywhere else in Europe.

Despite being fully vaccinated, and recognised as such under travel rules outlined on the official British government pages, there is one major downside to having been vaccinated outside of the UK.

Only those who are fully vaccinated under the NHS are exempt from self-isolating if they are contacted through the ‘test and trace’ scheme.

The UK insists that all travellers arriving in the UK must fill in a Health Locator Form as well as passing the test requirements – which now insist on a PCR test on Day 2 after arrival in Britain but also those who are fully vaccinated with approved vaccination scheme to avoid self-isolation or quarantine.

However, if someone who was seated near you on the airplane tests positive on their day 2 test, new arrivals could be contacted under the NHS ‘test and trace’ programme.

This poses no problem for those who are double jabbed in the UK as they fall under the list of “exemptions” from the need for quarantine.

But this does not apply to those who were double jabbed outside the NHS, according to the rules outlined on the website.

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Rules stated on the NHS test and trace show exemptions only given to those vaccinated under the NHS.

One reader contacted the Olive Press to describe their recent experience:

“I travelled to the UK from Spain on 1st October. Four days later I received an email from NHS Test and Trace stating that I must self-isolate for 10 days because I am a close contact of somebody who has tested positive (this can only have been on my flight to the UK),” said Ellis King, a British expat living in Andalucia.

“The Test and Trace guidance states that I must self-isolate unless I am exempt and one of the exemptions is that you are fully vaccinated more than 14 days ago. However, this only applies if you were vaccinated in the UK. This is not made clear prior to complete NHS Test and Trace information, nor is it something that I believe many travellers are aware of before visiting the UK.” 

He continued: “The UK is discriminating against those vaccinated anywhere else in the world, despite these exact vaccines being approved and used in the UK. My EU vaccine certificate is sufficient to grant me entry into the UK, but not to prevent me from having to self-isolate – there is absolutely no basis for this. No scientific evidence, no medical guidance.

King expressed absolute fury about the double standards and said it had ruined his trip home.

“This is a ridiculous, discriminatory ruling. I have been double vaccinated in Andalucía with the Moderna vaccine, which is an MHRA approved vaccine also being used in the UK. If a different passenger on the same plane as me was vaccinated with exactly the same Moderna vaccine as myself, but in the UK, they would not need to self-isolate.”

 He warned other travellers to be aware of the conditions, which could potentially ruin a trip back to the UK. Ellis for one said he wasn’t go repeat it.

“With Christmas soon approaching, I have now decided that it is simply not worth the trouble of returning to visit my family over the festive period, in case I once again receive said Test and Trace email (highly likely).

“Anybody staying less than 10 days would need to extend their stay and change their flights to complete the full period of isolation out of their own pocket, purely because the UK discriminates against those vaccinated abroad.”

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Swiss Army: Switzerland deploys military personnel to help with coronavirus pandemic.

Up to 2,500 military personnel will help regional authorities with COVID efforts.

SWITZERLAND – The government deploys the Swiss Army to help regional authorities cope with the coronavirus pandemic – with military personnel being sent to hospitals, vaccination centres and to help transport Covid-19 patients.

Up to 2,500 military personnel are now available for regional authorities (Cantons) after an announcement from the Swiss government on Tuesday, December 7. Cantons can now request support if their own funds are insufficient, however, they must be able to prove that there is no room for patients in other health facilities.

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The government, which deployed the military twice last year to help out with COVID efforts, said it would ask parliament to approve the measure, which will run until March 31.

Switzerland and tiny neighbour Liechtenstein have reported more than 1 million confirmed cases of Covid and nearly 11,300 deaths since the pandemic began, according to The Guardian.

According to COVID data from Switzerland’s ministry of health, nearly 79 per cent of hospital intensive care units are now occupied, of which COVID patients account for just over 30 per cent.

Specifically, the armed forces are to provide support in the following areas:

  • Personnel support in general care hospital facilities.
  • Support for vaccinations.
  • Support of transports of infectious patients with suitable transport vehicles and drivers.
  • Support of intensive care units of hospital facilities by means of personnel reinforcement for the transfer of intensive care patients as well as material support.

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Germany: Father kills family over forged vaccine passport

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Germany: Father kills family over forged vaccine passport.

The father left a suicide note revealing the shocking motive for his actions.

TRAGEDY IN GERMANY: A father shoots and kills his family – his wife and three children – before killing himself after his employer found out he had forged his wife’s COVID-19 vaccine passport.

The police found five bodies on Saturday, December 4 in a single-family house in Senzig, Brandenburg, south of Berlin. The man’s children were aged just four, eight and ten.

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Speaking to German newspaper, Bild, Chief Public Prosecutor Gernot Bantleon confirmed that the father, 40-year-old Devid R. is said to have forged the vaccination certificate for his wife but it was found out by the employer and, according to the suicide note, he was also afraid that his children would be taken away from him.

In the letter, the father wrote that the employer “wanted to pursue the forgery of vaccination records with the utmost rigor,” Bantleon told BILD.

The investigators found the letter in the family home.

Initial investigations revealed that the father killed his wife Linda (40) first and then his three young children Leni (10), Janni (8) and Rubi (4) before then committing suicide. A neighbour found the lifeless people and alerted the police.

The suicide note, which was said to be several pages long, was handwritten and revealed the shocking motive for his actions.


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Mask dispute: Gunman kills two people in Moscow

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Mask dispute: Gunman kills two people in Moscow.

The gunman was asked to wear his mask by a security guard.

A GUNMAN opened fire in a Moscow city customer service facility, killing two people and wounding several others on Tuesday, December 7, city authorities said. The incident was allegedly the result of a mask dispute with a security guard.

According to initial media reports, the shooter drew out a gun and started firing shots after an argument with a security guard who asked him to put on a face mask, which is mandatory in such facilities.

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The gunman has since been arrested.

The city’s Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, wrote on Twitter: “I offer my condolences to the victims and the families of the victims,” he wrote. “Doctors are doing their best to help the wounded.”

“As a result of the shooting by an unknown person, two people were killed, three were injured,” Sobyanin said on Twitter, adding that the shooter was detained.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the two victims are an employee and a visitor. Of those injured, one is a 10-year-old child and the other two are adults.

“The detainee has been taken to the police department,” confirmed police spokeswoman Irina Volk.

The capital’s investigators launched a criminal case into the shooting, according to Volk.


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