Boris Johnson has said today that getting two vaccines will “help, not hinder” people wanting to travel or go to mass events in a clear suggestion the government wants to roll out vaccine passports.
The Prime Minister said “it’s a very positive thing” to get a Covid jab and that take up among young people had been “stupendous”, despite it being lower than older age groups.
Johnson has already indicated people will need to be vaccinated to enter nightclubs from October and numerous media reports since have indicated vaccine passports will also be needed for mass events.
This could include things like Premier League football matches and music festivals.
When asked by LBC today if he wanted to roll out vaccine passports, Johnson said: “I think it’s a very positive thing to do to go and get a vaccine and, as I said the other day in one of those press conferences, people can obviously see when you look at things like travel, mass events that it’s going to be one of those things that will help you, not hinder you.”
Cabinet Office minister Gove said yesterday that vaccine refuseniks were putting peoples’ lives at risks and are being selfish.
It came as the government is increasing its campaign to get 18-30-year-olds vaccinated through a series of online campaigns and videos by people like England manager Gareth Southgate.
Around 70 per cent of people in this age group have had one dose of the vaccine, which is far lower than all other age groups.
More than 88 per cent of people in the UK as a whole have taken one vaccine.
He told LBC that he did not think vaccine refusers were selfish.
“if you get one you’re doing something massively positive for yourself and your family,” he said.
His interview comes as UK Covid case data has been trending downward for a week and hit 23,511 yesterday.
Cases had been surging previously and government scientists were expecting them to reach 100,000 a day.
“We’ve seen some encouraging data, but its far too early to draw any general conclusions,” Johnson said.
“I think the most important thing is for people to recognise the current situation still calls for a lot of caution and for people to remember the virus is still out there, that a lot of people have got it.”