Minister says vaccine passports COULD be rolled out at pubs in the future if the Government needs to ‘take action’ against a new coronavirus variant but insists there are no plans to require the documents now
- Gillian Keegan said there is no ‘consideration’ to use vaccine passports for pubs
- But she said ‘we take this virus as we find it’ as she left door open to future action
- Covid passes will be compulsory for nightclubs in England at end of September
Ministers today insisted there are no current plans to require vaccine passports for pubs but suggested they could be rolled out in the future to tackle new Covid variants.
Education Minister Gillian Keegan said there is no ‘consideration at the moment’ to requiring proof of jab to gain entry to a pub.
But she warned ‘we take this virus as we find it’ and ‘we do always have to look at what is happening’.
She said that should a dangerous new Covid-19 variant emerge then the Government could have to ‘take action’.
Education Minister Gillian Keegan said there is no ‘consideration at the moment’ to requiring proof of jab to gain entry to a pub
The Government has said that being fully-vaccinated will be a condition of entry to nightclubs in England from the end of September.
Ministers are currently examining whether there are any other circumstances in which proof of vaccination could be used domestically amid a mounting Tory backlash over the plans.
Ms Keegan was asked during an interview on LBC Radio this morning what the health justification is for imposing the use of vaccine passports if Covid cases continue to fall.
She said: ‘Because we want to keep them falling and we know that these things do offer risk as well.
‘We know this. Vaccines aren’t perfect and we also know the virus is still there and we do still have cases of the Delta variant so the health grounds are we are being cautious, we are always being cautious, all along we have been cautious.
‘What we are saying is that environment in particular, maybe some others, there are some others under review we are saying…’
The Government has said that being fully-vaccinated will be a condition of entry to nightclubs in England from the end of September. A queue is pictured outside Fabric nightclub in London on July 24
Asked if the documents could be required in pubs, Ms Keegan replied: ‘No, I think it is more where there is lots and lots of crowds of people, so a large nightclub, maybe a large venue where there is lots of people and it is indoors. They are the ones that are under review.’
Pushed again on whether pubs could be included, she said: ‘No, I don’t think there is a consideration at the moment but of course we take this virus as we find it.
‘We have tried always to get ahead of it, the vaccine programme has been massively successful but we do always have to look at what is happening and of course if we have a Beta variant or any other variants, which we are trying to minimise the risk of through our cautious approach to travel, then of course we will have to take action.’