PLANS to introduce Covid vaccine passports have been SCRAPPED as Sajid Javid confirms people won’t need them to get into nightclubs and cinemas.
The Health Secretary revealed this morning that Covid jab passports won’t be introduced as a measure to fight the virus as we enter the winter months.
He told the BBC today: “I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports.”
The Health Secretary said it was “absolutely right” of the Government to have looked into it, and that the idea will be “kept in the reserves” rather than implemented.
Javid added that he “instinctively does not like the idea of people having to show passports to do basic things.”
Just days ago, the Health Sec refused to rule out vaccine passports for pubs, clubs and restaurants — but denied there would be a firebreak lockdown in October.
And on Friday Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden hinted that they would be “further extending” the use of Covid ID beyond just nightclubs and large indoor venues.
But now in a dramatic U-turn, the Health Secretary confirmed that Covid certification won’t be in the Government’s armour as we battle the virus in the winter.
Boris Johnson is now primed to announce at a press conference that he has abandoned the proposed compulsory certification scheme – which would have forced venues to check punter’s vaccine status.
This comes as No 10 is preparing to unveil contingency plans next week for keeping the economy open this winter if there is a Covid surge.
Previously, it was reported that Tory MPs were furious about the PM’s vaccine passport blueprint – with more than 50 poised to rebel against it in a Commons vote.
Steve Baker, deputy head of the Covid Research Group, said it’s “increasingly plain” the plan is about “coercing the young” into getting jabbed.
Rebel leader Mark Harper added that vaccine ID will be “pointless, damaging, and discriminatory”.
And earlier today, Mr Javid also confirmed that PRC tests for double-vaccinated Brit holidaymakers will be scrapped “as soon as possible.”
The Health Secretary revealed he’s already asked officials to get rid of travel testing rules, as they shouldn’t be in place for a second longer than “absolutely necessary.”
Mr Javid said this morning he personally wants to get rid of PCR tests for travel “as soon as I possibly can”.
The Health Secretary told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips On Sunday: “I’m not going to make that decision right now.
“But I’ve already asked the officials that the moment we can, let’s get rid of these kinds of intrusions.
VAX Passports Scrapped
“The cost that generates for families, particularly families just trying to go out and holiday, you know we shouldn’t be keeping anything like that in place for a second longer than is absolutely necessary.”
Boris Johnson will outline his Covid winter plan next week, revealing everything in our “toolbox” to battle the virus during the winter months.
And unlike last year’s misery, Christmas will be happening as the Health Secretary is not “anticipating any more lockdowns.”
The PM 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 Covid as other respiratory illnesses circulate.