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Boris Johnson set to announce ‘mandatory covid passports' for pubs, claims No10 source

Daily Express logo Daily Express 10/07/2021 Isabella Marsans

Reports indicate the Government is drawing up plans to make it mandatory for people to prove they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative the day before before entering venues. Vaccine passports could be implemented later in the year, with venues forced to comply.

"In autumn vaccine passports could become an important tool that will allow us to keep things open," a Downing Street source told the Times.

The comment follows reports that unvaccinated young people are believed to be behind the surge in Covid cases.

Reports show that 332,900 people contracted the virus last week - rivalling case numbers recorded in mid-October.

Cases among those aged 16-24 were more than ten times higher than those over 70.

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Experts hope that mandatory Covid passports will encourage more young people to get the jab.

Reportedly, the Government opted not to go ahead with the plan on July 19 so that young people who haven't had a chance to get the vaccine yet would not feel they have been treated unfairly.

More than 95 percent of over-50s have been vaccinated.

While only 58 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds have received their first dose.


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Another Government source supported the idea of enforcing vaccination passports.

"If we can show real benefits of getting vaccinated in terms of everyday life then it could be quite a useful tool," they told the Times.

Helen Stokes-Lampard, head of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, stressed the importance of increasing the incentive for young people to get vaccinated.

"July 19 should not be regarded as Freedom Day," she said.

"From a medical perspective, it shocks me to think that all restrictions would suddenly be dropped.

"We are in the middle of a dangerous third wave."

From July 19 face masks will no longer be mandatory, however, venues and transports can enforce their own rules.

There will be no legal limits on group gatherings and nightclubs will be allowed to open.

People will not be required to check in to venues with the NHS Covid app, however, the Prime Minister has urged people not to delete the application.

The application has sent a record number of alerts to people asking them to isolate, making Health Secretary Sajid Javid admit that he is considering changing the settings to make the app less sensitive.


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