As possible plans for a UK-wide rollout were announced, Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, told the Commons that following the completion of a trial, Covid passports will not be issued, but that people could now access NHS app, the NHS website or ask for a written document.
“Although we don’t encourage its use in essential settings like supermarkets, other businesses and organisations in England can adopt the pass as a means of entry where it is suitable for their venue or premises when they can see its potential to keep their clients or their customers safe. For proprietors of venues and events where large numbers are likely to gather and likely to mix with people from outside their households for prolonged periods, deploying the pass is the right thing to do.”
When asked exactly what he meant Mr Zahawi explained:
“Crowded, unstructured indoor settings – such as nightclubs and music venues, or large unstructured outdoor events, such as business events and festivals, or very large structured events, such as business events, music and spectator sport events, they are the ones we are most concerned about.”
“The government will mandate its use in those venues if needed. The NHS Covid pass will not apply to schools or universities, or any public buildings including Parliament.”