Minister hints at domestic vaccine passport climbdown

Ministers today sparked speculation of a potential climbdown on domestic vaccine passports as they insisted the Government is ‘concentrating on ticketed, big events’.   Paul Scully, the Small Business Minister, said the work on so-called ‘Covid Status Certification’ is focused on major events which are ‘tougher to get back to a semblance of normal rather than … Read more

Britons advised to allow 10 WEEKS for passport applications

Scramble for passports: Government warns holidaymakers it will take 10 WEEKS for applications thanks to 2020 backlog and PM’s promise of cheap testing scheme to kickstart foreign flights Passport Office has said Brits should now allow up to 10 weeks for applications It said there had been a ‘significant drop’ in applications during the pandemic … Read more

Liverpool comedy club axes pilot event after anti-vaccine passport trolls bombard venue

A comedy club has axed its pilot event after anti-vaccine passport trolls bombarded the venue with ‘4,000 hate messages’ despite the trial not using jab certificates. The Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool said it was subjected to a ‘hate campaign’ online after reports suggested it was working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media … Read more

Cruises will be back on from next MONTH as Royal Caribbean launches vaccine passport scheme

Cruises will be back on from next month as Royal Caribbean launches its own vaccine passport scheme – but they’ll be swapping the Bahamas for Belfast with UK destinations only.  The company, which usually sails to the far-flung tropics, will instead travel to locations including Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands, with everyone on board … Read more

Backlash at Boris’ vaccine passport plan: PM faces LOSING a crunch vote

Boris Johnson faces the biggest challenge of his premiership to date if he tries to ram through controversial plans for vaccine passports that have incensed MPs of all parties.  The Prime Minister is on a collision course with more than 70 backbenchers who have signed a pledge railing against the ‘divisive and discriminatory’ certification scheme. Forty-one … Read more

Covid passport trials to begin: Boris Johnson is set to unveil a test scheme for venues on Monday

Trials of vaccine passports could begin as soon as next month, the Mail can reveal. Theatres and stadiums are being lined up to pilot the controversial scheme under plans discussed by ministers. The passports could also be used eventually in pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas. Pilot schemes will begin after work is completed on an … Read more

Reading and Leeds fans will ‘almost certainly’ need a vaccine passport, says organiser

Music fans attending this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival will ‘almost certainly’ need a form of vaccine passport or show proof they do not have coronavirus, the organiser admitted today. Festival Republic director Melvin Benn said there will be a dedicated Covid-19 medical director and team for the two-site event featuring Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and … Read more

Virgin Atlantic to trial vaccine passport app trial on Heathrow to Barbados flights

Virgin Atlantic has become the latest airline to announce a trial of so-called vaccine passports. Customers on flights to Barbados from April 16 will be invited to use the Travel Pass app to verify they meet the Caribbean island’s entry requirements for pre-departure coronavirus testing. Future versions of the app – developed by airline trade … Read more

Virgin Atlantic announces vaccine passport app trial for passengers flying from Heathrow to Barbados

Virgin Atlantic has become the latest airline to announce a trial of so-called vaccine passports. Customers on flights to Barbados from April 16 will be invited to use the Travel Pass app to verify they meet the Caribbean island’s entry requirements for pre-departure coronavirus testing. Future versions of the app – developed by airline trade … Read more

Is vaccines passport for pubs and restaurants unworkable and un-British or ticket out of Covid hell?

FOR: By Adrian Vinken, CEO, Theatre Royal, Plymouth  For all of us who work in theatre, as in so many industries that rely on bringing people together, the past year has been nothing short of a nightmare. Hopes of reopening have been dashed again and again. Three months after London‘s West End went dark last … Read more