UK: Vaccination Certificates Will Have “A Role” Soon, Boris Johnson Says

There’s never going to be a vaccine passport.

Oh wait, actually, yes there is.


Boris Johnson has said ‘there is going to be a role’ for vaccine certificates as the UK moves out of lockdown.

The Prime Minister told reporters that details of how certificates could be used are being finalised and the findings of a review will be published on either April 5 or 12.

But, he said, it may not be possible to roll them out until everyone has been offered a jab.

Other factors, including previous Covid infections and proof of a negative test result, could also be considered as part of the certification scheme.

It’s previously been suggested that people could be required to show proof they have had a vaccine in order to travel abroad or enter hospitality venues including pubs and restaurants.

Mr Johnson stressed ‘no decisions have been made’ and no changes will be introduced on April 12, when businesses are allowed to open again outdoors.

I do think there is going to be a role for certification,’ the Prime Minister said during a visit to the Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery in Greenford.

‘What we said is we’ll be reporting on the work of the certification group in early April, either on April 5 or April 12.

‘There are lots of difficult issues because there are some people who for medical reasons can’t get a vaccination, pregnant women can’t get a vaccination at the moment, you’ve got to be careful about how you do this.

‘You might only be able to implement a thorough-going vaccination passport scheme even if you wanted such a thing in the context of when absolutely everybody had been offered a vaccine.’

Vaccine certificates will do things such as allow you to get a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme, or let you travel domestically. Maybe someday you’ll be able to travel internationally, but you’re going to need a lot more than a vaccine certificate.