The Government hasn’t ruled out vaccine passports for later this year (Picture: Getty Images)
Punters may need Covid certificates to enter pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs under plans to prevent a fourth wave of infections in the autumn.
Ministers are said to be considering plans that would require customers to show documentation proving they’ve had either both doses of the vaccine or a negative test the day before.
It is hoped the system will increase vaccine uptake among younger people, who are believed to be behind a rise in cases.
Recent figures show the number of people receiving their first doses has halved in two weeks.
Fewer than 100,000 per day are now being given out on average, for the first time since April,
the Times reports.
The Government’s certification review released earlier this week said so-called vaccine passports would not be made mandatory for now.
Sources said enforcing this when lockdown restrictions are lifted on July 19 would discriminate against younger people who haven’t had their second jabs yet.
Covid certification was ruled out for July 19 as it would discriminate against younger people, sources say (Picture: Reuters)
There were also fears that doing so would damage the economy as people are turned away from hospitality venues, which have struggled enough as it is.
But Downing Street did not rule out the idea of Covid certification if the country faces ‘a difficult situation in autumn or winter’.
Ministers expect all over 18s to have been offered both vaccine doses by September, clearing the way for vaccine passports to be required in venues where social distancing is not possible.
A Downing Street source said: ‘In autumn vaccine passports could become an important tool that will allow us to keep things open.’
Another added: ‘If we can show real benefits of getting vaccinated in terms of everyday life then it could be quite a useful tool.’
It is hoped a passport scheme later in the year will encourage more young people to get vaccinated (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Currently more than 95% of over-50s have been vaccinated, compared to 76% of people to age 30-34, and the rate is plateauing.
So far 58% of people aged 18 to 24 have had their first dose, but it is hoped mandatory Covid passport schemes could push this up.
Head of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said exempting double-jabbed people from quarantine rules could also be a ‘very helpful incentive’.
She said it was ‘unhelpful and potentially dangerous’ to describe July 19 as ‘Freedom Day’ when cases are still rising sharply.
Professor Stokes-Lampard added: ‘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.’
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