The UK’s Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP has said that vaccine passports will be required for nightclubs and other indoor venues across England by the end of the month.
He said now is the right time to start the scheme for sites with large crowds as all over-18s will have been offered two jabs by then.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Mr Zahawi said: ‘The best way we can keep those industries open in my view, in our view, is to work with the industry. One thing that we have learnt is that in large gatherings of people, especially indoors, the virus tends to spike and spread.
‘When the evidence that you are presented is so clear cut and that we want to make sure the industry doesn’t have to go through [an]open-shut, open-shut sort of strategy, then the right thing to do is to introduce that by the end of September when all over 18 year-olds have had their two jabs.’
However, industry bosses have also said they fear discrimination cases if they refuse entry people have not been double jabbed and fear it will be unworkable.
Meanwhile, north of the border in Scotland, opposition is building First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to roll out vaccine requirements and the gov in Wales says it has no plans to introduce Covid passports for venues. Ministers in Northern Ireland have not yet announced a position on a scheme.
How Does This Affect Us?
To prove your vaccine status in England, the gov is using the NHS app. As previously reported on Gef, we on the island don’t yet have access to this. However, you can register with NHS Digital by clicking here. Our reporter Sam recently went to a comedy gig in London where this was required and said downloading his QR code for a COVID Pass took literally a matter of minutes.
If you are tech savvy or use a smartphone or just want a physical copy of your letter, you can still log onto that NHS Digital site and have a copy emailed to you. Alternatively you can freephone Freephone 0808 1624 119 and they’ll post it to you.