Government-issued immunity passports are not issued – but those vaccinated against coronavirus can ask their GP for written evidence of their vaccination status in case that is required for travel, a minister said.
Downing Street firmly believed that there were no plans to issue so-called “vaccination cards” so that people can travel once they have received both doses of a vaccine.
But with countries like Greece declaring that they will waive quarantine requirements for those who have been encountered, ministers are easing the possibility for protected UK residents to travel after the lockdown ends.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who was asked if the government was considering issuing immunity passports, told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “No, we are not.”
“First, we don’t know the impact of vaccines on transmission.
“Second, it would be discriminatory, and I think the right thing is to get people to register for vaccination because they want to, instead of making it mandatory in some way with a passport.
“If other countries obviously require proof, you can ask your GP, as your GP will keep your records and this can then be used as evidence that you received the vaccine.”
“But we don’t plan to have a passport in the UK.”