Thirsty Brits will not need a ‘vaccine passport’ in order to guzzle their favourite pint.
Michael Gove played down reports that punters will need proof of a jab to get into their favourite boozer.
It had been suggested that a so-called passport would be needed for customers to get into pubs, restaurants and cinemas.
Nadhim Zahawi, the minister in charge of the jab rollout, warned businesses could ask for proof on entry in a similar way QR codes are currently used.
But speaking on Sky News today Mr Gove said he was not planning on any such scheme, nor did he have any idea that it was being discussed.
He said it was important that the government “make sure we vaccinate as many people as possible”.
When asked by presented Kay Burley if Brits would have to brandish proof they had been vaccinated, Gove said: “No.”
A handful of promising vaccine candidates could be only weeks away from being rolled out in a major boost to getting the UK back to normal.
The government has applied for emergency approval for the Pfizer jab and says the NHS is ready to administer it as soon as they get the go-ahead.
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When asked about the concept of immunity passports yesterday, Mr Zahawi told the BBC: “We are looking at the technology. And, of course, a way of people being able to inform their GP that they have been vaccinated.”
Mr Gove later said in a separate interview on radio station LBC that he did not support the plans.
It comes as 99% of England looks set to be plunged into the toughest two tiers of the new 3 Tiered system.
Under the new rules, to be enforced from December 2, boozers in Tier 2 can only serve alcohol if it is accompanied with a ‘substantial meal’.
There has been some confusion as to what equates to a substantial plate of grub, with environment secretary George Justice saying he thinks a Scotch Egg “probably” counts.
Michael Gove did not specify whether he thinks the picnic-favourite snack is substantial, and instead said on Sky News that the definition has been “in law for some time”.
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