PM: No plans for vaccine passports to go to the pub

George Ryan, PA Political Reporter
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he has no plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports for activities like going to the pub.

Earlier this month, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said the UK Government will work with other countries to “help facilitate” coronavirus immunity passports if they are required by destinations to travel abroad.

Speaking to the media from south London on Monday, Mr Johnson said he imagines such schemes could be required for foreign travel, although he has no plans to introduce them for domestic activities.

Coronavirus – Mon Feb 15, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to a coronavirus vaccination centre at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Orpington, south-east London (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

He added: “I think inevitably there will be great interest in ideas like can you show that you had a vaccination against Covid in the way that you sometimes have to show you have had a vaccination against yellow fever or other diseases in order to travel somewhere.

“I think that is going to be very much in the mix down the road, I think that is going to happen.

“What I don’t think we will have in this country is – as it were – vaccination passports to allow you to go to, say, the pub or something like that.

The Prime Minister also said that he expects there to be an increase in “rapid testing” as more of the population is vaccinated.

Mr Johnson said: “Looking at the future, what we hope to have is such a high proportion of the population vaccinated that when you couple that with rapid testing – lateral flow testing – you really start to get the kind of answers that you’re talking about.

“So I think it’s in the context of … having vaccinated a lot of the population, as we’re already doing – and we’ll do a lot more of in the next few months – that the rapid test approach will start, I think, to come into its own.”