Local MP Steve Brine welcomed news that England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday, with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped.
Whilst speaking to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister also said the government would immediately drop its advice for people to work from home, as England was reverting to "Plan A" due to boosters and how people had followed Plan B measures.
Steve Brine spoke during the statement to quiz the Prime Minister on how young people’s experience of travel can be improved, saying; “The Prime Minister knows our young people have missed out on so much and now they face punishment for doing the right thing when it comes to travel, especially our teenagers.
“They cannot prove, that they've had two jabs on the NHS app if they're under 16 because they can't access it. Even if they can access a sort of cumbersome process involving a letter from the NHS, those with one jab and recent infection, they cannot prove that at all, that effectively grounds them. “
Mr Brine continued; “Half-term is coming, family memories are now and not at some point in the future, please can we urgently find a way that teenagers are treated with fairness and parity with their parents on these important issues, so they can get on with their lives with their families.”
The Prime responded to the Hampshire MP’s concerns saying; “My Honourable Friend makes an extremely important point about young people and vaccination. I do think that people need to appreciate the value of the vaccination for ease of travel, particularly boosters, but it should be as simple as possible for young people, I totally agree with him about that and I know the Health Secretary will make a statement in the next few days about what we propose to do.”