Nadhim Zahawi, the UK’s vaccine minister, said on Monday that bars, cinemas and sports venues could force people to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 before entering.
Zahawi explained that getting a vaccine should be voluntary, but businesses can use the contact tracking app, which can include a person’s vaccine status.
“I think you’ll probably find that restaurants, bars, cinemas and other places, sports venues, will probably also use this system, as they did with the app,” Zahawi told the BBC.
He added: “The kind of pressure will come in both ways: from service providers – who will say ‘look, show us you’ve been vaccinated’ – but we will also make the technology as easy and accessible as possible.” Zahavi told the BBC.
Asked if he thought it would be possible to do something without the vaccine, he said: “People need to make a decision, but I think you will probably find that many service providers will want to get involved in this way. have done so with the app. ”
Zahawi has been monitoring the country’s largest vaccine program for decades. His comments on a possible use come as the UK is currently evaluating two vaccines – one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the other by Oxford University and AstraZeneca to see if they are safe and effective. The Guardian reported that hospitals were told they could receive the first doses of the Pfizer shot during the week of December 7 if approved.
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The UK has ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech, enough for 20 million people, and 100 million doses of Oxford / AstraZeneca.
The British government hopes that a combination of vaccines and mass tests will put an end to the need for restrictions on business and daily life, which it has imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has suffered the deadliest COVID-19 epidemic in Europe, with more than 57,000 confirmed virus-related deaths.
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A four-week national lock in England is due to end on Wednesday and will be replaced by a three-tier system of regional measures that restrict business activity, travel and communication. Most of the country is placed in the upper two levels.
Associated contributed to this report.