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No COVID-19 vaccine passport required to travel to UK

  • The United Kingdom will not introduce COVID-19 vaccine passport, the vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday

The United Kingdom will not introduce COVID-19 vaccine passport, the vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday. "We are certainly not looking to introduce it as part of the vaccine deployment programme," Zahawi told Sky News. However, citizens can seek proof of their vaccinations from the doctors if needed for travel to other countries, he added.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said Sunday that vaccine passports would be discriminatory and officials did not want getting vaccinated to be “made in some way mandatory through a passport."

Countries including Greece have said they will waive quarantine requirements for those who have had their jabs.

Governments and developers around the world are exploring how such certificates could help to reopen economies by identifying those protected against COVID-19.

Sweden plans to launch a digital coronavirus “vaccine passport" by summer, the government said earlier. “When Sweden and countries around us start to open up our societies again, vaccination certificates are likely to be required for travel and possibly for taking part in other activities," Swedish digitalisation minister Anders Ygeman told a news conference.

Denmark said on Wednesday that it would launch a first version of a coronavirus vaccination passport by the end of February.

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