England has scrapped plans to make COVID-19 vaccine passports mandatory for nightclubs and other crowded spaces, a top health official said Sunday.
Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed that the country won’t go forward with its plans to begin requiring proof of vaccination later this month at the venues.
“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and while we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
Under the proposed rules, people would have had to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or that they had recently isolated after a positive test in order to enter clubs or other crowded venues.
Javid said that he “never liked the idea,” but that it was “right to properly look at it, to look at the evidence.”