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Vaccine Passports For Nightclubs And Large Events Have Been Scrapped

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Vaccine Passports For Nightclubs And Large Events Have Been Scrapped

The Government 'will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports' to gain access to nightclubs and other crowded venues, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Speaking to the BBC, Javid explained: "We shouldn't be doing things for the sake of it."

He added: "I'm pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans."

Protesters march through central London against vaccine passport plans. Credit: PA
Protesters march through central London against vaccine passport plans. Credit: PA
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Plans had been announced that members of the public would be required to show proof they have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to gain entry to clubs and other large-scale events in England.

But in a U-turn on Sunday, following a backlash from Tory MPs, the Health Secretary said the idea had been scrapped.

He told The Andrew Marr Show: "I've never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it.

"We've looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I'm pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports."

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Credit: PA
Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson is due to set out the Government's plan to tackle coronavirus over the coming months, with a reluctance to impose further lockdowns and a focus on vaccination.

The Prime Minister will host a press conference next week, as a decision is expected on how to roll out a booster jab programme.

He is expected to say that vaccines will continue to be the first line of defence over the autumn and winter, a high-risk time for coronavirus as other respiratory illnesses circulate.

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Boris Johnson. Credit: PA
Boris Johnson. Credit: PA

And in a move away from locking down the country, a number of powers allowing the Government to shut down sections of the economy in England are set to be repealed.

Mr Johnson said: "Thanks to the efforts of the public, the NHS and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we reached Step 4 in our road map and life has returned to a sense of normality.

"These extraordinary times required necessary but intrusive measures. But I'm determined to get rid of any powers we no longer need because of our vaccine defences.

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"I will set out the next phase in our Covid response shortly."

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