BORIS Johnson today insisted it is “responsible” to look at Covid vaccine passports for going on holiday and returning to football stadiums and pubs.
But he said no such documentation will be needed on April 12 or May 17 when restrictions are eased for restaurants, pubs and other sectors.
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He said today: "It is going to be responsible for any government to look at the possibility of making sure that we can continue to open up all sectors of the economy in a safe way down the rest of this year.
"We will look at all possibilities.
"But I have absolutely no doubt that we will continue with the road map that we set out in a safe and secure way, but nobody should think that there's any need for certificates of any kind either on April 12 or May 17."
It comes as The Sun revealed this week that a plan published by No 10 suggests the Government is on course to introduce Covid certificates in time for the end of lockdown on June 21.
Under the plan landlords may be forced to demand proof of vaccination from punters if they want to drop crippling social distancing rules.
It comes as:
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A review by ministers into jabs passports says they could be introduced in bars and restaurants later this year to pack customers back in.
And it states people are set to need paperwork to enter certain events even after the whole population has been offered a vaccine.
The controversial blueprint to reopen the whole economy is being backed by Mr Johnson, but has sparked a rebellion amongst Tory MPs.
It would see people only allowed to attend mass events like football matches and music festivals if they have a jab passport.
And in an official update on the review, ministers confirmed they're looking at extending that requirement to pubs.
I have absolutely no doubt that we will continue with the road map that we set out in a safe and secure way."
It comes as AstraZeneca's Covid jab won't be offered to Brits under-30s after rare blood clots were confirmed as a side effect.
People aged 18-29 will be given an alternative vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna after 79 clotting cases.
But the Prime Minister insisted that the Government believes the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe”.
He told reporters on a visit to Cornwall: “But the crucial thing for everybody is to listen to what the scientists, the medical experts have to say later on today.”
He added on the vaccination programme: “You can really start to see some of the benefits of that.
“It’s pretty clear that the decline in the number of deaths, the decline in the number of hospitalisations is being fuelled, is being assisted, the steepness of that decline is being helped by the roll-out of the vaccines.
“It’s very important for everybody to continue to get your second jab when you’re asked to come forward for your turn.”
Today's review by the European Medicines Agency's safety committee concluded that "unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects" of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there were still huge benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19 and serious disease.
However, due to a very small number of blood clots in younger people, those under the age of 30 will be offered Pfizer or Moderna instead.
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