Boris Johnson’s plan to mandate proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and other “crowded venues” from the end of September faces a major backlash as Labour say they do not support part of the proposals.
On Tuesday, ministers confirmed that the government want “higher risk” settings make use of the NHS COVID Pass, which can prove someone has been fully vaccinated or has tested negative for the virus, over the summer in an attempt to manage the risk of infections.
However, by September, proof of double vaccination will mandatory for entry.
On Wednesday, Labour confirmed they oppose the use of vaccine certification “for everyday access to venues and services”.
“We need to see the detail of what the government puts forward regarding vaccine passports,” a Labour spokesperson said.
“We oppose the use of COVID vaccination status for everyday access to venues and services. It’s costly, open to fraud and is impractical.
“Being double jabbed doesn’t prove you aren’t carrying the virus. Testing for access to venues would be more efficient, and would give people and businesses more certainty.”
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said earlier in the week that a negative coronavirus test would soon “no longer be sufficient” proof that a person was COVID-safe.
Speaking in the Commons he said: “By the end of September everyone aged 18 and over will have the chance to receive full vaccination and the additional two weeks for that protection to really take hold.
“So at that point we plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.”
He was echoed by Boris Johnson who said: “I would remind everybody that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination.”
Speaking virtually at a news briefing from his period of self-isolation at Chequers, the PM said that he “certainly didn’t want to see” vaccine passports for bars, but will “do what’s necessary to protect the public”.