Vaccine passports proposed for sports matches, concerts, and conferences

Government ministers are believed to be ready to impose plans having had a Covid vaccine a requirement for people attending football matches, concerts, and conferences.

The move has been met with mounting opposition from critics, who argue that this will disproportionally affect younger people and people who are unable to receive the vaccine for medical reasons.

Boris Johnson announced the plans in July, which proposed that double vaccination should become a "condition of entry" for nightclubs in England amid concerns the venues could become centres for spreading the virus.

Ministers are now set to meet next week to discuss proposals that will include other venues within those that require a double vaccine.

The plans are said to be similar to those proposed by SNP leader Nichola Sturgeon, which makes vaccination compulsory to attend any unseated event that attracts 500 people indoors or 4,000 people outdoors.

This would affect large sporting events as well as festivals and concerts, although it is possible that the government will not extend the rule to include smaller hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants.

But despite what has been seen as some as a concession, the government is still dead against 40 Conservative MPs who have pledged to vote against any proposal for vaccine passports.

A Whitehall source told MailOnline: "The evidence is that certification can help put a bit of control around an event and provide reassurance.

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"Everyone understands the concerns around freedoms but we may be in a situation this winter where the alternative is more closures and economic damage to sectors that have suffered hugely already."

Some have interpreted the proposal on nightclubs as a way of encouraging younger people to receive the jab after uptake among 18 to 25-year-olds showed a dip.

Nonetheless, critics have argued that the aggressive measure could only make things worse, and argued for clearer communication on vaccines instead.

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Meanwhile, the Labour Party has suggested that it could oppose vaccine passports, though the party has also said it would need to see how the legislation would work before making a decision on the issue.

Ministers are also set to seek a further six month extension to the Coronavirus Act, which grants emergency powers to the government to respond to the pandemic.

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