As the surge of mild Omicron cases fades, Covid passports are expected to be phased out this month.
According to sources, the vaccine passes will be scrapped this month after Health Secretary Sajid Javid “effectively killed off the policy.”
The Health Secretary told MPs that the vaccine passport policy caused him “instinctive uneasiness.”
The Times says that when Plan B measures are evaluated on January 26, it’s looking like the only Covid restriction that will stick around is wearing masks indoors.
According to a Whitehall source: “There was always a very high threshold for the policy and it looks increasingly likely in a couple of weeks that threshold won’t be met.”
“The way cases are going it will be hard to justify renewing.”
This is after Heath Secretary Sajid Javid said “there are already early signs that the rate of hospitalisation is starting to slow”.
Speaking to the commons this week Sajid said: “Due to the lag between infections and hospitalisations, the NHS will remain under significant pressure over the next few weeks.”
“It is encouraging, however, that during this wave we have not seen an increase in Covid-19 intensive care patients, and there are already early signs that the rate of hospitalisation is starting to slow.”
“We know that Omicron is less severe. But no-one should be under any illusions – it is severe for anyone that ends up in hospital, and that’s far more likely if you have not had the jab.”