Vaccine passports needed to keep sites open in England, Minister says

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Passports for vaccines will be required for nightclubs, mass events and large venues in England by the end of September, the Vaccines minister confirmed, saying this would allow businesses to remain open during the months of winter if Covid-19 increases.

Nadhim Zahawi said the government wanted to “make sure the whole economy stays open” throughout the fall, fearing a return to school could trigger a new wave of infections.

“We are looking at, by the end of September, when everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, for large sites, sites that could end up causing a real peak in infections, where we have to use the process. certification, ”Zahawi said. Sky’s Trevor Phillips told Sunday.

“If you look at what the FA has done, they have done it brilliantly in terms of checking the status of vaccines to reopen football. It’s the kind of right thing to do and we’re absolutely on the right track to continue to make sure we do it. “

Vaccine passports, which can be viewed through the NHS app, have been fiercely opposed by some Tory MPs. But Zahawi has said Boris Johnson is committed to the plan.

“The reason is that, like the Prime Minister, I want to make sure that the whole economy remains open,” he said. “The worst thing we can do for these places is to have some sort of open-close-open strategy because we are seeing infection rates increase due to the close interaction of people, that is as the virus spreads, if people are in close spaces in large numbers, we see spikes appearing.

“The best thing to do then is to work with the industry to make sure they can open safely and sustainably in the long term, and the best way to do that is to check the status of the vaccines. “

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