The government has confirmed that it will press ahead with plans to introduce vaccination records for nightclubs.
The proposals were previously criticized by politicians on both sides and by executives in the night-time hotel industry.
However, once the system is in place, citizens will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status in order to gain access to domestic venues and events.
“We have broadly stated our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and some other establishments and we will be providing details on this in the coming weeks,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said on Tuesday (August 31).
However, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said his party will oppose the plan, while Labor previously described it as “costly, prone to fraud and impractical”.
On Twitter, Mr Davey said, “As predicted, the government has re-heated their Covid ID card system.
“They are divisive, impractical and expensive, and the Liberal Democrats will oppose them.”
New data from the Guardian shows that if such passports were introduced, some people would be more reluctant to vaccinate. 12.2% of the 14,543 individually vaccinated people surveyed said they would be less likely to be vaccinated if the plans were implemented.
However, 87.8% of respondents said that their decision to receive a second dose would not be affected by the introduction of the passport system.
Dr. Alex de Figueiredo of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the study, said those percentages become significant when scaled across the population, according to The Guardian.
Boris Johnson previously faced backlash within his own party over the possibility of domestic vaccine passports, with 43 Conservative MPs signing a declaration against them.