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Vaccine passports abandoned for nightclubs and large events, Govt confirms
September 12, 2021
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Fierce backlash over vaccine passports has forced the government to make a U-turn, dropping the new rule.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that vaccine passports will no longer be required for large events.
The decision has come after weeks of mounting opposition from Tory MPs.
The Health Secretary told Sky News on Sunday morning that he hopes the Government can avoid bringing in the measures.
But speaking to BBC Mr Javid said: "We shouldn't be doing things for the sake of it", before adding: "I'm pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans."
Boris Johnson has come under fire from members of his own party over the “threat” of domestic vaccine passports, the Mirror reports.
Andrew Bridgen, one of 43 Conservative MPs to sign a declaration opposing vaccine passports, had hoped Parliament would be recalled from its summer recess if ministers are “serious” about asking people to show proof of their vaccine status to gain entry to domestic venues and events.
Sajid Javid also told Sky News that he wants to scrap expensive PCR tests holidaymakers must take when returning to the UK.
He said: "We have got a huge number of defences; of course we still want to remain very cautious, and there are some things that – when it comes to travel for example – there are some rules that are going to have to remain in place.
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"But the PCR test that is required upon your return to the UK from certain countries, look, I want to try and get rid of that as soon as I possibly can.
"I am not going to make that decision right now, but I have already asked officials that at the moment we can, let's get rid of these kind of intrusions, the costs that generates for families, particularly families just trying to go out and holiday.
"We shouldn't be keeping anything like that in place for a second longer than is absolutely necessary."
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