UK health secretary says authorities have decided not to require a vaccine passport for entry to nightclubs and other crowded events in England
Sajid Javid said the government has deferred the idea of a vaccine passport for now, but may reconsider the decision if the COVID-19 cases rise rapidly once again.
“While we have looked at it properly and we should keep it in reserve as a possible option, I am happy to say that we will not go ahead with the vaccine passport plan,” Javid told the BBC.
In particular, members of the governing Conservative Party have objected to such passports as an unacceptable burden on businesses and a violation of residents’ human rights.
The requirement for people to show proof of vaccination or to have recently tested negative for COVID-19 has been inconvenient for many in the UK, where people are usually not required to carry identification documents.
The hospitality sector said that it would be possible to move forward with this decision.
“We hope that businesses will now be able to plan for the future with some degree of certainty, gain confidence from customers and workforce, and begin rebuilding a sector that has been consistently at the sharp end of this pandemic,” Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association.
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