Covid 'vaccine passport scheme to start this month in England'

Night owls will soon be forced to prove their Covid vaccination status in order to gain access to nightclubs and other large venues, a government minister has suggested.

Downing Street confirmed that despite widespread criticism from MPs, the government intends to continue plans to introduce vaccine passports.

Industry leaders also believe vaccination certificates could lead to an increase in house parties and club entanglements in discrimination cases.

As part of the program, clubbers and people visiting large venues are required to provide evidence that they have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The passport program will also be used at other major events, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News.

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He said, “By the end of September, when everyone has had a chance to get a full vaccination, we are looking for the big venues, venues that could end up causing a real spike in infections that we need to go through the certification process.

“If you look at what the FA has done, they did an excellent job in terms of checking vaccine status to reopen football. That is correct and we are well on our way to continue to ensure that it does so.

“There is a reason … the reason is that, like the Prime Minister, I want to make sure the entire economy stays open.

“The worst thing we can do for these venues is some kind of open-shut-open-shut strategy because we see infection rates rise due to the close interaction of people in large numbers, we see spikes appear.

“Then it is best to work with industry to ensure that it can be opened safely and sustainably over the long term.

Mr. Zahawi said he will do “everything in my power” to avoid another lockdown and is focused on making sure the booster program is delivered. He added: “By the way, nobody in this government, especially not this prime minister, enjoys restrictions on people’s freedoms.

“It is against the DNA of this government to do so.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Labor wants to reject the Scottish government’s vaccination passport plans for nightclubs and major events. MSPs are due to vote next week on Nicola Sturgeon’s vaccine certification proposals, with the Liberal Democrats expected to decline as well.

In Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said last month there were “no plans” to introduce mandatory vaccination certificates for venues for “ethical and equality reasons”.

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