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Published on Sunday, September 12, 2021

England drops vaccine passport plan for nightclubs

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has axed plans for the requirement for vaccine passports to gain access to nightclubs and large events across England.

The scheme was recently announced which would have made it mandatory to show full vaccination, a PCR test or Covid recovery.

"We shouldn't be doing things for the sake of it. I'm pleased to say we will not be going ahead," Javis told the BBC.

The government said it will be left on the backburner and could be implemented at a later time if necessary.

The idea was opposed by trade group The Night Time Industries Association and the Music Venue Trust, as well as opposition MPs.

"I've never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it," Javid added.

It was just a week ago when Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said a vaccine passport scheme would be introduced later this month for large events and nightclubs.

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