No ‘immediate plans’ for Covid-19 vaccine passports, says housing minister

The UK government has no “immediate plans” for a Covid-19 vaccine passport for pubs and other venues which can reopen in May, the housing minister said.

“We will be bringing forward the outcome of that work [the review] in the coming weeks; we don’t have an immediate plan to take action,” Robert Jenrick told Times Radio on 26 March, according to Reuters.

Jenrick’s comments follow reports that pub-goers may need to prove vaccinated status using an app to enter into the pub. On 24 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that vaccine passports are “the kind of thing that may be up to individual publicans”.

“We are considering a whole range of things and doing that very carefully; we are looking into the practical issues, the ethical concerns, and we are being guided by the best medical and scientific opinion,” Jenrick added.

The Prime Minister had said during his appearance in front of the Liaison Committee, a group of MPs, that “the basic concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us”.

READPunters may need Covid app to prove vaccinated status for pub entry

The UK government is currently carrying out a review into “Covid-status” certificates, led by the Cabinet Office. Part of the four-stage lifting of lockdown restrictions, the review will determine if certificates could help in allowing the public back to certain venues.

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