- Evidence of covid vaccination can be presented in many places
- This will apply to nightclubs and crowded indoor and outdoor places
- But plans will go ahead only when coronavirus figures become ‘concerning’
No10 confirmed venues will be asked to implement the highly-controversial measure if the NHS comes under ‘sustainable pressure’ this autumn or winter, with England today one step closer to using COVID vaccine passports Got it.
Ministers abandoned plans to dramatically adopt certification rules for nightclubs and other prominent venues earlier this month following a huge Tory outcry.
But unveiling his winter plan to fight another surge in infections, Boris Johnson acknowledged that restrictions such as vaccine passports would be ‘put in reserve’.
Now the government has confirmed that passports will still be part of its ‘Plan B’.
In the event of a fourth wave in the NHS, a vaccine certificate will be required for people attending nightclubs, music venues, festivals and sports grounds.
Plan A – the nation’s first line of defense – banks on having booster vaccines to protect vulnerable and jabbing children.
Plan B – which ministers hope will be enough to prevent the country from another full-blown lockdown – includes reintroducing face masks indoors and work from home guidance.
Proposals published by the health department have now revealed more details of the passport scheme, and have warned that it could be implemented ‘in a short time in response to relevant data’.
Health Minister Maggie Thrupe argued that the vaccine rollout had ’tilted the odds in our favor’, but said the government should be ‘ready for all scenarios’.
Scotland had already announced that vaccine passports would be mandatory for people over the age of 18 in crowded settings from 1 October, but plans for measures were put on hold in England after protests from Tory MPs, who asked them to Called ‘coercive and discriminatory’.
Government plans will require vaccine passports for those attending nightclubs, music venues, festivals and sports grounds in England if a fourth wave dominates the NHS
Plan B’s proposals build on findings from a review of Vaccine Passport earlier this year, which concluded that certification can help keep events running and businesses open.
The Health Department document set out how people over 18 who go to certain events may need to be fully vaccinated.
Weekly Covid deaths in UK exceed 1,000 for first time since March in mid-September
Weekly Covid deaths in the UK exceeded 1,000 in mid-September for the first time since March, official figures revealed today.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows that the virus caused 1,049 fatalities in the seven days till September 17, a 5 per cent increase in the previous week.
This was the highest weekly toll since the week ending March 12 (1,637), when a devastating second wave began to subside. This figure includes any death with COVID as mentioned on the death certificate, including cases where it was not the main cause of death.
Meanwhile, official figures also showed that there have been more than 70,000 additional deaths at home in both England and Wales since the pandemic began.
Despite a slight increase in COVID deaths for the UK as a whole, the number of fatalities recorded in England and Wales (851) declined slightly. But it was lower than last week’s count (857), which was higher than normal due to delays in recording deaths on the August bank holiday, which had fallen within a span of the previous seven days.
The UK-wide increase was fueled by Scotland, which saw an 80 per cent increase in the number of deaths. It faced an explosion in Covid cases after schools returned in mid-August.
Events listed are all nightclubs and other venues open after 1 p.m. with wine, music and dancing.
Indoor events with more than 500 attendees – such as concerts – will also need to check vaccination status if people are going to be close to other homes.
Even outdoor venues – including festivals – 4,000. will be affected by measures if exceeded Attendees.
And any venue with more than 10,000 participating people – such as music and sports stadiums – must also comply.
But some events will take place other than using the COVID pass, including places of worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other memorial events.
Employees over the age of 18 may also need to be tested regularly if they are not double-jabbed or exempt from receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
The proposals are pending deliberation, and could occupy even more settings, as the government is asking whether its proposals are ‘too narrow’.
The government is seeking views from businesses, event organizers and venue operators on its proposals by October 12.
But it encouraged submission of responses as soon as possible, in case vaccine passports are required to be submitted at short notice.
The minister would like to ‘give at least one week’s notice to the businesses’ before implementing the scheme.
Ms Throp said: ‘Our autumn and winter plans put us on a certain footing and give the entire country the best possible chance of living with COVID in the months ahead, without the need for unwanted social and economic restrictions.
‘The vaccine program has tilted the odds in our favor in our shared fight against this virus and while we are absolutely confident that the careful steps we are taking will help eliminate the need for mandatory vaccine certifications, We need to be prepared for all the scenarios.
‘We know these types of contingency plans will only work when businesses and the public have a say and I’m urging everyone who may have to use certification: Give us your thoughts, let us know your thoughts. Give.’
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said earlier this month that the pressure on A&E and increased hospitalizations could lead to Plan B.
The government said it is continuing…