PM faces backlash over vaccine certification proposal as Labour critique plans

Politics

Boris Johnson’s plan to mandate proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and other “crowded venues” from the end of September faces a major backlash as Labour say they do not support part of the proposals.

On Tuesday, ministers confirmed that the government want “higher risk” settings to soon make use of the NHS COVID Pass, which can prove someone has been fully vaccinated, in an attempt to manage the risk of infections.

But on Wednesday, Labour confirmed they oppose the use of vaccine certification “for everyday access to venues and services”.

“We need to see the detail of what the government puts forward regarding vaccine passports,” a Labour spokesperson said.

“We oppose the use of COVID vaccination status for everyday access to venues and services. It’s costly, open to fraud and is impractical.

“Being double jabbed doesn’t prove you aren’t carrying the virus. Testing for access to venues would be more efficient, and would give people and businesses more certainty.”

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