The Papers: Jabs at school in two weeks and travel tests axed

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image captionThe Observer’s lead story says a mass vaccination programme for 12- to 15-year-olds is due to start in schools in two weeks’ time. The paper says the government is also due to set out its plan for booster shots but suggests it may be backing away from plans to introduce Covid passports in confined settings such as nightclubs.
image captionPrime Minister Boris Johnson is set to axe “costly and unpopular” PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK, the Mail on Sunday reports. The paper also features an image of Emma Raducanu pumping her fist, alongside a headline saying “nation grinds to halt as millions cheer on Emma” during her historic victory in the US Open.
image caption“PM is to ease virus laws” is the Sunday Express’s headline, as the paper reports the government intends to end many coronavirus regulations, with vaccines as the UK’s “main defence” against the virus this winter. The paper also hail’s Raducanu’s “absolutely Emm-ense” win.
image captionAn image of Raducanu holding her head in amazement at her victory dominates the front page of the Sunday Telegraph, with the headline: “She did it!” The paper’s main story says the government’s own analysis of its plan to increase National Insurance – which the Telegraph calls “Poll tax 2.0” – acknowledges it could cause the breakdown of families and deter companies from hiring staff or increasing wages.
image captionThe Sunday Times continues its reporting on the Prince of Wales’s foundation, claiming that Prince Charles offered to meet a Russian businessman who donated a six-figure sum to the charity. The paper quotes a royal source saying the invitation was “routine” and Clarence House says the prince supports an investigation now under way at the foundation.
image caption“Priti breaks the rules again” is the headline on the Sunday Mirror, as the paper alleges the Home Secretary broke the ministerial code by arranging a meeting between a billionaire Tory donor and British Airways, without any official from the Home Office present. A spokesman for Ms Patel said details of her meetings will be published as usual in accordance with the code, although it is understood she considered this a private meeting, which was declared to her private office.
image captionThe Sunday People’s front page features nine-year-old Nathaniel, who came to the UK from Nigeria a year ago and faced bills of £825,000 to treat his acute myeloid leukaemia. After the paper’s readers donated part of the cost and Great Ormond Street Hospital waived the rest, Nathanial said: “Thanks to you, I am free of cancer!”
image captionAnd “Geronimo body snatchers” is the headline on the Daily Star Sunday, which says Helen Macdonald fears she may never be able to bury her alpaca, which was controversially euthanised after testing positive for tuberculosis. The paper calls it “the final insult”.

“Absolutely Emm-Ense”; “Totally Rad” and the “Queen of New York” – the headline writers shower praise on Emma Raducanu.

It was one of “sport’s great triumphs,” says the Sunday Telegraph, before listing her achievements.

“First qualifier to win a major title, the first to win on their second main draw appearance, the first British women’s champion for 44 years and the youngest for more than 60,” the paper says.

The Brit triumphed despite suffering a nasty cut to her leg, leading the Sunday Express to describe the victory as one of “blood, sweat and cheers”.

The Guardian says she ended the US Open where she started it, fearlessly dominating from inside the baseline.

The New York Times is similarly impressed. She handled the final like every other match she played in the city, it says, demonstrating “a rare mix of power and precision”.

The Sunday Times says the school leaver, who described herself as the quiet one who didn’t really raise her hand in the classroom, now has the world at her feet.

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The Sun on Sunday draws a contrast with her life during lockdown, when she was forced to play tennis in the street with her dad. Now, it says, she’s “one of the most marketable athletes in sport”.

Plans for vaccine passports in England will be scrapped, according to the Sunday Times – a week after a minister said they’d be introduced by the end of the month.

The paper reports that Boris Johnson tore up the proposals after scientists said vaccination would be an effective first line of defence.

It adds the move is a “significant concession” to Tory backbenchers fearful of creating a group of “second-class citizens”.

In its lead, the Mail on Sunday reports the government is set to relax the rules on PCR travel tests for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.

It says pre-departure checks for Covid-19 will be axed and PCR tests, currently required on the second day after returning from abroad, will be replaced with lateral flow ones.

The change, according to the Mail, will be brought in before half term next month, slashing the cost of family holidays by hundreds of pounds.

The Sun says the measure would allow the travel industry to compete with EU countries which no longer have the tests.

The Observer pictures a masked Joe Biden – alongside Barack Obama and Bill Clinton – as they marked the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

According to the New York Times, some who paid their respects at the memorial were too young to remember the atrocity – describing them as a generation born in its shadow.

And the Mail’s website profiles Anne Fish from Surrey – who, a month before her 59th birthday, has signed a contract to show off her prowess at the computer game, Fortnite.

Inspired by her son, who’s also a professional gamer, she’ll soon be livestreaming videos of herself in battle.

She tells the paper that sometimes she plays for 18 hours straight – only taking breaks to make cups of tea and use the bathroom.

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