THE UK Government “will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports” to gain access to nightclubs and other crowded venues in England, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said.

It comes weeks after the Scottish Government announced it would be implementing the measure, with a vote on certification passing in the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.

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Plans had been announced that members of the public would be required to show proof they have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to gain entry to clubs and other large-scale events in England.

But in a U-turn today, following a backlash from Tory MPs, the Health Secretary said the idea had been scrapped.

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He told The Andrew Marr Show: “I’ve never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it.

“We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports.”