Covid passports to be introduced for pubs and restaurants to boost vaccinations

Plans are reportedly underway to introduce Covid passports for those wishing to enter England's pubs, clubs and restaurants.

After the Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously appeared to back the idea in March it was eventually ditched and focus moved primarily for certificates to be used for international travel.

However with a possible fourth wave in the Autumn on the horizon and a marked drop in the take-up of vaccines by young people Covid passports are once again up for consideration.

Experts hope that if the public were required to prove they were fully vaccinated to enter pubs and restaurants then more young people would be motivated to get jabbed.

Around 100,000 jabs are being given a day on average, a far cry from the dizzy heights when over 800,000 people were vaccinated in one day, reports The Times.

Under plans a negative test taken the day before would also allow people to enter an entertainment venue.

One Downing Street source said: "In autumn vaccine passports could become an important tool that will allow us to keep things open."

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Another insider added: "If we can show real benefits of getting vaccinated in terms of everyday life then it could be quite a useful tool."

By Mid-September all over 18s will have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated and where social-distancing is not possible a Covid passport could provide the answer.

Government sources said the use of Covid passports was not put in place this month as it would have be seen as unfair to those that have not been given the chance for a second jab.

There were also concerns that people spontaneously popping into a pub would not have the required proof to enter a venue.

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics on Friday one in 160 people in the week to July 3 were understood to be infected with Covid.

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