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A senior Cabinet minister has suggested he expects some companies to introduce a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for Covid-19, but the government will not impose such rules.
When asked if it was a good idea for some people to be fully vaccinated before returning to the office, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News: “Yes, that’s a good idea and yes, some. businesses will need it.
“We are not going to make this legislation that every adult must be double vaccinated before returning to the office, but yes it is a good idea and yes some companies will require it. “
It came as more than 50 Tory MPs were ready to vote against the government’s plans for passports for the Covid vaccine at nightclubs and other covered venues from the end of September, according to reports.
A senior Conservative MP said The daily mail that there was “an almost universal objection” to the party’s plans, while South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay said the idea would be a “very dangerous step” for civil liberties.
Our journalist, Adam Forrest, has more details below on Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps’ comments regarding France’s status of the “amber plus” travel list:
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 09:46
Israeli President launches push to give Covid booster shots to over 60s
Israeli President Isaac Herzog received a third injection of a Covid-19 vaccine as he launches a campaign to give booster doses to people over the age of 60 – a key part of efforts to counter the Delta variant of the virus.
Mr Herzog was accompanied on Friday by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who stressed the importance of new measures to fight the pandemic.
“Israel is a pioneer in moving forward with the third dose for people aged 60 and over,” Bennett said.
“The fight against the Covid pandemic is a global fight. The only way to beat Covid is together. “
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 09:39
ICYMI: PM cautioned against allowing variant to ‘run wild’ by relaxing travel rules
Labor has warned Boris Johnson risks allowing a new variant of Covid to ‘spread’ across the UK by further easing travel restrictions with the EU and the US.
Ministers announced this week that people visiting from the United States and the EU who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will soon be allowed to enter England without the need for quarantine.
Our journalist, Chiara Giordano, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 09:26
Government will not introduce vaccine passports for shops or pubs, minister said
The government will not go so far as to require Covid vaccine passports for entry into stores or pubs, according to Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps.
Interviewed by ITV Hello Great Britain Regarding concerns over the proposals, Mr Shapps said: ‘I don’t know why this is particularly controversial – nine out of 10 people have had their first vaccine and are going to have their second, so most people have already been vaccinated with. anyway – and I’m talking about adults who have been vaccinated anyway.
“So for most people it doesn’t matter one way or the other. It not only protects your life but the lives of others when you get the vaccine, so of course as a society we should be encouraging it. “
He added: “We will not go so far as to demand that he enter a store or a pub, we go for very close contacts like going to nightclubs – other countries are for international travel – so i think there are few reasons not to get vaccinated, all good reasons to get vaccinated.
“Why wouldn’t we want to save lives? It’s just obvious to me.
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 09:00
Chief midwife urges pregnant women to take Covid jab as majority remain unprotected
England’s top midwife urged pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after new data showed the overwhelming majority of pregnant women hospitalized with the virus had not received a vaccine.
The new figures, released Thursday, revealed that no pregnant woman with both doses of the vaccine had been admitted to hospital.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 8:51 AM
The transport secretary insisted that the additional restrictions on travel to France are due to the fact that the beta variant of Covid-19 is in the north of the country, not just on the French island of Reunion.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 08:41
“Good idea” for companies to insist that staff be fully vaccinated, according to the minister
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it would be a “good idea” for UK companies to insist that their staff be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to the office.
However, the minister said the government would not force the policy on businesses due to concerns over a “no hit, no hit” policy leading to discrimination.
Our journalist, Adam Forrest, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 08:31
Minister defends government date for change of self-isolation rules
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has defended the government’s Aug. 16 date to relax self-isolation rules for those who are fully vaccinated and come in contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed this week that August 7 would be the day his country’s double-bitten adults could avoid isolation.
When asked if ministers should revisit the date, Mr Shapps told Sky News: ‘We are still keeping it under very close scrutiny.
“The reality is that people who self-isolate have been a factor that has saved many lives, as it turns out that one in three people who are asked to self-isolate end up developing symptoms, such as So is the case, if you like, the only remaining action that is being taken at this time, as of course all other actions were dropped in the fourth unlock step on July 19.
He added, “So we’re, if you will, a little cautious about this, but we now have systems in place where testing can take place at 2,000 different locations that we will have for key workers to test so that they don’t. must self-isolate by August 16, at which time we will not require people to self-isolate, but rather that they be tested if they are questioned or asked to self-isolate. “
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 8:24 AM
Pregnant women should be reassured by the safety of Covid jabs, researcher says
Pregnant women need to be reassured about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, as more than 50,000 women in the UK and over 130,000 in the US have undergone the vaccine during pregnancy without a problem, a researcher said. ‘Oxford.
Researchers found that more than 99% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 were unvaccinated – the Delta variant posing a significantly higher risk of serious illness.
Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child health in the Nuffield Population Health Department, University of Oxford, told BBC Radio 4 Today show: “I think pregnant women can be reassured about the safety of the vaccine.
“And we have to highlight the benefits, not only for them, but we know that the antibodies are also passed on to their babies, so it is very important not only to prevent disease in you as a pregnant woman, but also to prevent them. consequences of illness for your baby.
Conrad DuncanJuly 30, 2021 08:13
Keir Starmer demands end of self-isolation “pingdemia” on August 7
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has challenged the government to bring forward a date when fully vaccinated people in England can avoid self-isolation if they are ‘flagged’ by the NHS Covid app.
Sir Keir said ministers were to move the date from August 16 to August 7 in accordance with Scotland and Wales to end a “summer of chaos” for the hundreds of thousands who have been invited to s ‘isolate.
Our journalist, Adam Forrest, has the full story below: