COVID-19: Minister suggests other “overcrowded” places where vaccine passports could be introduced

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COVID-19: Minister suggests other “overcrowded” places where vaccine passports could be introduced


Vaccine passports could be introduced for sporting and commercial events, concert halls and festivals in addition to nightclubs, a minister suggested, but people will not have to prove their COVID status to access schools and universities .

In a statement to MPs in the Commons, Nadhim Zahawi said these ancient events are the ones that most concern ministers about the spread of COVID-19[feminine[feminine.

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Will vaccine passports be introduced for pubs?

He comes after the government announced Monday that proof of double vaccination will be required to enter discos and other “crowded places” from the end of September, proof of a negative test is not accepted.

The move sparked a backlash and raised questions about other sites that will be asked to introduce vaccine passports.

Earlier this week, a minister did not explicitly rule out the possibility that the government require vaccine passports for people to go to pubs.

Zahawi said MPs would get a vote if the government decided to “impose double vaccination requirements” for sporting and commercial events, concert halls and festivals.

Before that, ministers are encouraging ‘higher risk’ settings to use the NHS COVID Pass.

As well as allowing someone to prove that they have been fully vaccinated, it allows people to show evidence of a recent negative test or natural immunity after recovering from the virus.

Mr Zahawi told Commons the state health certificate would be available through the NHS app, the NHS website or by requesting a written document.

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Jab passports “raise ethical considerations”

Ministers are encouraging its use over the summer to try to manage the risk of infections, while deciding where else to enforce vaccine passports in places other than nightclubs.

“This allows people to safely and securely demonstrate their COVID status, whether it’s proof of vaccine status, test results, or natural immunity,” he said.

“People will also be able to provide proof of a negative test result.

“While we do not encourage its use in essential environments like supermarkets, other businesses and organizations in England may adopt the pass as a means of entry to where it suits their location or premises when they can. see its potential to keep their customers their customers safe.

“For owners of places and events where large numbers are likely to congregate and mingle with people outside their homes for extended periods of time, rolling out the pass is the right thing to do. “

He added: “The pass has an important role to play in slowing the spread of the virus and therefore we reserve the right to make its use mandatory in the future. “

Pressed to find out where vaccine passports could be introduced, Zahawi told MPs: ‘Nightclubs and other crowded and unstructured indoor venues – such as nightclubs and concert halls – or large outdoor events unstructured, such as commercial events and festivals, or very large structured events, such as business events, music and sports events for spectators, these are the ones that concern us the most. “

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A double jab will be necessary for entering a nightclub

He said the government wanted companies to work before the end of September while allowing anyone over 18 to take advantage of the offer of the two jabs.

Mr Zahawi said it would be “extremely unfair” to implement the policy immediately and that “giving people until the end of September is the right thing to do”.

He added: “There are no easy decisions for everything we have had to take with this virus. “

Later in the debate, Mr Zahawi confirmed that the NHS COVID pass would not apply to schools or universities, or to ‘any public building’, including Parliament.

There are reports that a vaccination passport will be a requirement of entry for the Conservative Party’s annual conference, to be held in Manchester in October.

Tory MP Mark Jenkinson said he would boycott the event if it did, tweeting that he “won’t go to the conference if we exclude people” on the basis of their immunization status. “

And in response to Mr Jenkinson’s comment, fellow Conservative MP Steve Baker added: “With a heavy heart, and my apologies to the event organizers, too. “

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Nightclub furious at COVID passport plans

The couple were joined by Baroness Helena Morrissey, a Conservative colleague, who said: “I’m afraid the same applies to me. “

Responding to the vaccine minister, Jonathan Ashworth of Labor questioned the delay in introducing vaccine passports for nightclubs.

The shadow health secretary said: “Can he explain why he thinks it is safe to go clubbing until the early hours this Friday, but in September it is only safe if everyone is doubly stung? “

“He has a proposal for nightclubs in September but what about the school. One million children have been out of school recently. Will he take advantage of the summer to install air filtration units in schools in time for September? “

Labor has confirmed that it opposes the use of vaccine certification “for daily access to places and services”.

“We need to see the details of what the government is proposing regarding vaccine passports,” a party spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“We oppose the use of COVID vaccination status for daily access to places and services. It is expensive, open to fraud and impractical.

“Being double-bitten does not prove that you are not a carrier of the virus. Site access testing would be more efficient and provide more certainty for people and businesses. ”

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