Authorities in England have dropped a controversial plan to introduce "vaccine passports" for Covid-19, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC in a televised interview on Sunday.
"We've looked at it properly and, whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I'm pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid told the presenter Nick Robinson.
The earlier proposed plan would have required guests at nightlife venues or crowded events to present a proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test, or finishing self-isolation after a positive test.
Javid said he "never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers" to "do what is just an everyday activity."
Javid said the passport was not needed because of the country’s high vaccine uptake, testing, surveillance, and new treatments.
“We’ve been very successful with our vaccination rate so far,” he added.