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COVID-19 vaccine passports will be required for nightclubs in England UK News

Downing Street has confirmed that it will follow through on plans to introduce vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs.

The new vaccine passports will be in place from the end of September.

The proposed vaccine passport had previously been criticized by politicians on both sides, as well as executives in the overnight hotel industry.

Through this program, club goers would be required to show proof of their vaccination status in order to enter national venues and events.

On Tuesday, the prime minister’s official spokesperson confirmed the plans remained in place.

“We have widely stated our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and certain other parameters and will present details on this in the coming weeks,” he said.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has said his party will oppose the project. Labor also called it “expensive, open to fraud and … impractical”.

“As expected, the government has warmed up its Covid ID card system,” Davey wrote on Twitter.

“They are divisive, impractical and costly and the Liberal Democrats will oppose them.”

It comes as The Guardian reported new data showed some people would be more reluctant to get vaccinated if such passports were introduced.

An analysis was carried out on 16,527 people, of whom 14,543 had not yet received the two doses of the vaccine.

87.8% said their decision to receive a second dose would not be affected by the introduction of the passport system.

Two-thirds of the remaining 12.2% suggested they would be less likely to be vaccinated if passports were introduced. The remaining third said they would be more inclined.

Lead author of the study, Dr Alex de Figueiredo of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said these percentages become significant when applied to the general population, according to The Guardian.

Boris Johnson has also previously faced backlash within his own party over the possibility of national vaccine passports, with 43 Tory MPs signing a statement opposing it.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-02 05:00:00

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