Travellers should ask their GP for written evidence they have been vaccinated against Covid, the vaccines minister has suggested.
Vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News yesterday that the Government is ‘not planning to have a [vaccine] passport in the UK’.
Speaking on the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, Mr Zahawi said: ‘If other countries require some form of proof then you can ask your GP because your GP will hold the record – and that will then be able to be used as your proof that you’ve had the vaccine.
He added: ‘We have, as of yesterday, given the first dose to 11.5m people and what they get is a card from the NHS with their name on it, the date they’ve been vaccinated with the first dose and the date for their second dose.
‘I think the right thing to do is make sure people come forward to be vaccinated because they want to, rather than it being made in some way mandatory through a passport.’
The Government will not introduce the ‘passport’ for travellers because it ‘would be discriminatory’ and we don’t yet know the impact of the vaccines on virus transmission, Mr Zahawi said.
GPs took to Twitter to express concerns about the workload they could face if patients approach them for proof of vaccination, with some calling on the BMA to intervene.
It comes as the vaccines minister yesterday confirmed that GPs could be administering Covid variant ‘booster shots’ later this year – perhaps in the autumn.