People vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to ask their GP for written proof if it is needed to travel, a minister has said.
While the Government is publicly ruling out issuing ‘vaccine-passports’ to allow people to travel once they have had their required two doses, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed it will be possible for travellers to get proof of vaccination, following news from Greece that it may waive quarantine requirements for those who have had their jabs.
Asked if the Government is considering issuing vaccine passports, Mr Zahawi told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “No, we’re not.
“One, we don’t know the impact of the vaccines on transmission.
“Two, it would be discriminatory and I think the right thing to do is to make sure that people come forward to be vaccinated because they want to rather than it be made in some way mandatory through a passport.
“If other countries obviously require some form of proof, then you can ask your GP because your GP will hold your records and that will then be able to be used as your proof you’ve had the vaccine.
“But we are not planning to have a passport in the UK.”
Labour’s shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said vaccine passports “may be necessary” but raised questions over how they would be used.
Mr Milliband said: “I am saying we should be open to this but there are complications to do this vaccine passport… Is it just for international travel? Is it for as you go about your business in your society?”
It comes as Government data up to February 6 confirmed that more than 12 million people in the UK have received their first dose – a rise of 549,078 on the previous day’s figures.
Mr Zahawi disclosed that nearly 1,000 vaccines a minute were provided in an hour on Saturday morning as the Government strives to meet its target of giving all over-70s and frontline healthcare workers their first dose by February 15.