UK : Vaccine passports considered for use at big events
The government is considering whether vaccine passports could be used at big events or if there is another coronavirus wave. A review of the use of the certificates in England is expected to confirm on Monday they will not be compulsory. But a Whitehall source said they could have a role to play at large events, such as sports matches and concerts, and help prevent closures in a future wave of the pandemic this winter.
MPs on the public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC) said that the decision to allow certification, giving people access to events and venues if they test negative for coronavirus or have had the vaccine, could be seen as contempt of parliament.
The government is considering delaying the lifting of England’s remaining Covid restrictions by up to four weeks. The final stage of lifting lockdown, originally planned to take place no earlier than 21 June, would see all legal limits on social contact removed. It comes amid growing concern over rapidly increasing cases and the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant. Pushing the date back would allow the vaccination programme to take greater effect, as the rollout moves through to younger age groups.
The UK has recorded its highest Coronavirus infections since late February, the majority from the delta variant first identified in India. Government figures on Friday showed 8,125 new cases, the highest since February 26. The delta variant, which is considered about 40 per cent more transmissible than the previous dominant strain, accounts for more than 90 per cent of all new infections in the UK.