Boris Johnson will announce that he has cancelled plans that would have required vaccination passports to enter nightclubs, cinemas, and sports grounds.
The prime minister will announce his plans Tuesday to control Covid over the winter. He will announce that he has decided to abandon the compulsory certification scheme, which would have required venues to verify people’s vaccination status.
Johnson scrapped the plans after scientists said vaccinations would be an effective first line of defence against a winter wave of the pandemic. The move is also a concession to Tory backbench rebels, who had complained about creating a second-class citizen by enforcing vaccine passes.
Companies requiring vaccination proof can continue to do so, but the new toolbox of measures will include masks and home-working if rates rise.
This announcement will also signal the beginning of the government’s booster program, where millions are set to receive a third jab in the autumn.
The details of the report by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to Ministers tomorrow will be finalised. However, the timeline is expected to mirror the one for first injections with the elderly and the most vulnerable being injected first.
The four chief medical officers will reveal plans to begin vaccinations for children 12-15 years old with parental consent.
Johnson will announce that he is removing some of the most severe coronavirus legislation, a sign that Johnson won’t impose another lockdown. Ministers will retain the power to make schools close and to pay sick pay to firms, but they will lose the ability to shut down specific sectors of the economy.
It will also be eliminated the ability to hold infectious people in detention.
This plan was created in response to how infections had developed over the summer, a lower level than scientific models predicted when restrictions lifted earlier this year.
Senior government sources stated that vaccines were the first-line defence and had listened carefully to MPs regarding certification. They continued saying that they didn’t believe it was necessary, so they would keep it in reserve. Promising only to bring in the measures in extreme crisis cases would we consider masks or returning to work from home.
Ministers also plan to eliminate the travel traffic light system. They will treat amber and green list countries the same. The red list will not be removed.
People who have been double-jabbed will be permitted to travel to any country with comparable Covid rates to the UK without having to self-isolate. Ministers are considering the demands of the travel industry to eliminate the need for Covid testing.