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Covid vaccine passport is here after change to NHS app – official



The wording on the app has been amended to now include a “domestic” section.

It states: “You may need to show your NHS Covid Pass at places that have chosen to use the service”.

Previously, users were given the choice of using the app to show proof of their vaccination status for foreign travel or for the Government’s events research programme, such as getting into Wembley for the Euro 2020 matches, but the latter has been deleted after they ended.

Evening Standard

Businesses can now use the “vaccine passports” on a voluntary basis to ensure people entering their premises have been double-jabbed. But the Government is set to make them mandatory for some settings including nightclubs and large public events in the autumn, with the threat of a fourth Covid wave looming.

As they seek to return the country closer to normality, ministers are stepping up their pleas for more people, particularly young adults, to get the Covid jab.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the Standard: “As we cautiously reopen society, vaccines will allow you to get back to the things you love and have missed during the pandemic — going on holiday without the need to self-isolate on your return, or going to venues like nightclubs to spend time with friends the way you used to.”

Speaking after a visit on Wednesday to a pop-up vaccination centre in Little Venice, west London, he added: “Vaccines are saving lives and reduce the severity of symptoms if you become infected. If you are eligible, please come forward and get your jab as soon as possible.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government would announce in September, or possibly earlier, which venues would require vaccine passports to gain entry.

Pressed on whether it should be a rule that people must be double-jabbed before going back to the office, Mr Raab said: “I can understand why employers think that that would be a smart policy or approach to encourage.



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