Vaccine distribution minister Nadhim Zahawi said yesterday the government was “looking at the technology”.
And although the vaccine is not mandatory, he said businesses such as bars, restaurants and sports venues may require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.
But Mr Zahawi was contradicted by Mr Gove, who told Sky News no such device was planned, saying he did not believe pubs, theaters and sporting events would require vaccination. .
“No, it’s not planned,” he said.
“I certainly don’t plan to introduce vaccine passports and I don’t know anyone else in government who is.
He said it would be a “big challenge” to convince some people to get vaccinated – and that it was up to the government to convince them that it was safe and in everyone’s interest.
He said: “I think the most important thing to do is to make sure that we vaccinate as many people as possible. There are 3 vaccines which now undergo proper testing to make sure they are absolutely safe.
“And most important is to ensure that as many people as possible, starting with the most vulnerable, and then those working on the front lines of the NHS, are vaccinated effectively.
He added: “I think it’s a big challenge because we have to persuade the people who oppose taking a vaccine that it’s in our collective interest.
“We all know there has been this measles problem in the past. We know that if you don’t have as many people vaccinated as possible, there will be outbreaks of measles.
“I think we can take some of the anti-vaxx squad’s arguments, they’re not really science-based. There is a very rigorous process that we follow to make sure the vaccines are safe. ”