While the Government wants as many people as possible to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the vaccine is not compulsory. On completion of both vaccinations, patients will be issued with a vaccine record card, much as they are for other vaccination programmes, so there is nothing different in the way we are dealing with this vaccine. Again, that does not constitute a so-called vaccine passport; nor can it be used as a form of identification.
Boris Johnson has said: "We can't be discriminatory against people who, for whatever reason, can't have the vaccine - there might be medical reasons why people can't have the vaccine, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one. "Now I think that's a mistake, I think everybody should have a vaccine but we need to thrash all this out."
Some countries will likely insist that people coming into their country have evidence of a vaccination - just as countries have insisted in the past that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever or other diseases. If a foreign Government demands anyone travelling from the UK to their country to show a vaccine passport, then this can be arranged. As the Vaccine Minister has previously explained: "Of course you have the evidence that you have been vaccinated held by your GP and if other countries require you to show proof of that evidence then that is up to those countries".
Certification is already a feature of international travel, with some countries requiring proof of vaccination status as a condition of travel. Individuals are able to demonstrate their vaccination status through the NHS COVID Pass for travel feature on the NHS app or through a letter.
The Government decided to conduct a review into the use of COVID certification. This review has explored whether and how COVID-status certification might be used to reopen our economy, reduce restrictions on social contact and improve safety. Having considered a wide range of evidence as part of the review, the Government has concluded that it will not mandate the use of COVID-status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to any setting at the present time. You can read the full COVID-Status Certification Review: Report.
Nightclubs and Other Venues where Large Crowds Gather (To be Updated)
Whilst the Government doesn’t want to particularly single out any sector or business, there is evidence from countries that have had a particular problem with the opening up of nightclubs. As explained by the Government's chief scientific adviser, nightclubs could be "potential super spreading events".
The Prime Minister talked about the sort of areas the Government has been considering at the coronavirus press conference, and nightclubs are where there is significant evidence at the moment. We don’t want to simply close nightclubs or to keep them closed, as we don’t think that that would be the right thing to do.
The Government is going to use the coming weeks to look at the evidence, particularly both in the UK and globally before making a specific decision. Where settings correspond to the three Cs - closed, crowded with close social contact – the Government reserves the right to do what’s necessary to protect the public.
Further information to follow.
PM statement on nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather at coronavirus press conference: 19 July 2021
“It is phenomenal that every adult in the country has now been offered a first dose. But unfortunately that does not mean that every person over 18 has yet had a first dose.
So far 96% of over 50s and 83% of 30-50 year olds have taken up the offer in England. But there are still 35 per cent of 18-30 year olds - 3 million people –who are completely unvaccinated.
And though we can see the enthusiasm of millions of young people to get their jabs, we need even more young adults to receive a protection that is of immense benefit to your family and friends – and to yourselves.
And so I would remind everybody that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination. There are already countries that require you to be double jabbed as a condition of quarantine free travel and that list seems likely to grow. And we are also concerned – as they are in other countries – by the continuing risk posed by nightclubs.
I don’t want to have to close nightclubs again - as they have elsewhere - but it does means nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing and make use of the NHS Covid Pass which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity – as a means of entry.
As we said last week, we reserve the right to mandate certification at any point, if it is necessary to reduce transmission. And I should serve notice now that by the end of September - when all over 18s will have had the chance to be double jabbed –we are planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.
Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient. Let me stress - we want people to be able to take back their freedoms as they can today.
We want this country to be able to enjoy the fruits of our massive vaccination campaign. But to do that we must remain cautious and we must continue to get vaccinated.
And that is why we are asking you to come forward and get your jabs now."