Coronavirus immunity passports are being looked at

The minister responsible for the rollout of coronavirus vaccines has said the injections will not be mandatory.

Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s the World At One: “I think it’s good that it’s voluntary.

“People must be able to decide for themselves whether or not they want to be vaccinated.

“But I think the very strong message you will see, this is the way we are bringing the whole country back, and so it is good for your family, it is good for your community, it is good that your country is being vaccinated.

“And ultimately people will have to make a decision.”

When asked if people who get the Covid-19 shot will get some sort of “immunity passport” to show they have been vaccinated, Mr. Zahawi said, “We’re looking at the technology.

“And of course a way in which people can let their doctor know that they have been vaccinated.

“But I also think you’ll probably find that restaurants and bars and movie theaters and other venues, sports venues, are likely to use that system as well – as they have done with the app.

“I think in many ways the pressure will come from both sides, from service providers who say ‘look, show us you’ve been vaccinated’.

“But we will also make the technology as easy and accessible as possible.”

Asked if that meant that people who didn’t have a vaccination would be severely limited in what they could do, the minister said, “I think people have to make a decision.

“But I think you’ll probably find that a lot of service providers want to deal with this the way they did with the app.”