Published on : Thursday, September 16, 2021
Vaccine passports may be compulsory in pubs in England if COVID cases surge during the winter months, the health secretary has said.
Sajid Javid’s winter plan only talks about vaccine passports for large events but he said he could not rule them out for pubs and clubs “if something happens”.
MPs have said they believe vaccine passports are preferable to lockdown measures and would support the hospitality industry.
The health secretary explained that if a new variant that was more infectious or resistant to the vaccines is seen, the government would be ready to take further action.
Yesterday Boris Johnson published a Plan B for winter which said that if the epidemic significantly worsened, proof of vaccination would be required in spaces like nightclubs and concerts.
The PM said he had never been in favour of vaccine passports for pubs but argued that they could have been a “game-changer” last year.
Prof Andrew Hayward, Virus Expert at University College London, said this winter will be “very different” to last because so many people got their jabs.
He added that we are in this for the long term.
COVID will not just go away, no matter how much we vaccinate.
We need to come to a point where society can function and live with the virus, and that does mean we also have to live with hospitalisations.