FOOTIE fans will need Covid vaccination passports to get into stadiums by the end of September, Nadhim Zahawi hinted.
The vaccines minister suggested extending entry requirements, that are already in place for nightclubs, to other mass events is the “right thing to do”.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi hinted vaccination passports will be mandatory for entry by the end of the month[/caption]
Footie fans will have to prove their inoculated to get into stadiums[/caption]
The so-called green pass is set to be made a mandatory entry requirement for large venues by the end of September.
Zahawi said it is the “best way” to keep the economy unlocked while avoiding “an open, shut, open, shut strategy,” – while hopefully dodging winter lockdowns.
He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “We are looking at, by the end of September when everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, for the large venues, venues that could end up causing a real spike in infections, where we need to use the certification process.
“If you look at what the FA have done, they’ve done so brilliantly in terms of checking vaccine status to reopen football.
“That is the sort of right thing to do and we are absolutely on track to continue to make sure that we do that.
“There’s a reason for that … the reason being is that, I, as does the Prime Minister, want to make sure the whole economy remains open.
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“The worst thing we can do for those venues is to have a sort of open-shut-open-shut strategy because we see infection rates rise because of the close interaction of people.
“That’s how the virus spreads, if people are in close spaces in large numbers we see spikes appearing.
“The best thing to do then is to work with the industry to make sure that they can open safely and sustainably in the long term, and the best way to do that is to check vaccine status.”
Zahawi promised he would do “everything in my power” to avoid another lockdown and is focusing on rolling out a successful booster programme.
He told viewers he is keen to continue the transition of the virus “from pandemic to endemic status” so Brits can “get life back to as normal as we can make it, as quickly as possible”.
Nobody enjoys, by the way, in this government, certainly not this Prime Minister, having restrictions on people’s freedoms.
He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “Nobody enjoys, by the way, in this government, certainly not this Prime Minister, having restrictions on people’s freedoms.
“It goes against the DNA of this government to do that.”
Sources suggest the government’s plans are “very similar” to what Nicola Sturgeon unveiled in Scotland earlier this week – nightclubs, entertainment venues, and large events will require a vaccine passport.
Earlier this year, the UK government made it mandatory that all revellers will need a vaccine passport to enter nightclubs from the end of September.
Party-goers will have to produce the NHS app or a paper certificate at the door or face being barred entry under the highly controversial plans.
During the week No 10 confirmed the PM has no intention of backing down from the proposals despite facing fury from backbench Tory MPs.
Zahawi said the vaccine passports are essential to avoid a winter lockdown[/caption]