England now ready to adopt vaccine passports for mass events
Government officials said England is set to adopt vaccine passports for large events this summer. The move followed the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) app being updated to indicate a person’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status. The vaccine passport plan – initially designed for overseas travel – aligned with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.
A government spokesperson said that vaccine passports “could have an important role to play both domestically and internationally, as a temporary measure.” They added that digital COVID-19 certificates via the NHS app could help open up higher-risk settings safely. Furthermore, the certificates would consider a recent negative test, complete vaccination schedule or natural immunity after sickness into account.
However, a third government insider involved with the plan said that vaccine passports may become more widespread if a third COVID-19 wave hits the U.K. later this year. They added: “It may be that [COVID-19] certification has a role to play in other venues to stop closures in the autumn or winter if there’s a big surge.”