Covid certificates will be made compulsory for crowded venues such as nightclubs from the end of September in a bid to boost vaccine uptake among young people, the vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has announced.
The government had previously backed away from the compulsory use of coronavirus certificates – which involve customers using the NHS app to show their vaccination status, or prove they have had a negative test result.
Instead, the government had urged venues such as clubs and sports stadiums to introduce them as a matter of “social responsibility”.
But after footage emerged of packed clubs on Monday as the government allowed them to reopen, ministers plan to work with venues over the summer to encourage them to use the system – and expects to make it mandatory from the autumn.
Ministers hope the move will help to encourage younger people to have the jab over the summer.
Zahawi was briefing MPs after almost all legal Covid restrictions, including those on social gatherings and mask-wearing, were scrapped at midnight despite concerns about a significant “exit wave”.
The latest survey from the Office for National Statistics, carried out in the month to 20 June, found around 10% of all people aged 16-29 reported being hesitant to get the Covid vaccine, dropping to 5% for those aged 30-49 and 1% for over-50s.