Dominic Raab has said that university students will be given an “advance warning” if it is vital to have vaccines before going to residence halls.
The foreign secretary mentioned decisions would be held in September – but he expressed his keenness to encourage vaccine uptake.
More than 70% of adults have now taken both vaccinations, and Mr Raab said, “we need to close that margin”.
The government, as of now, targets to require both jabs to go to nightclubs and some other crowded locations. The plan’s full details are still not shared, but the rule is set to come into power at the end of September. The NHS Covid Pass that can be obtained electronically or as a letter – will be used as proof.
Mr Raab was questioned on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if the government favored going forward and making the vaccine pass obligatory in more settings. “I think the key principle is in crowded places where we want to open up… whether it’s going to a football game or pop concert, we want to make sure people can do that,” he answered.
About the plan to necessitate students in university halls to get vaccinated, Mr Raab mentioned: “When we come to the crunch, these decisions will be taken in September. We’ve got some time to go. Right the way through this pandemic we’ve had to take advice and decisions based on the evidence when we see it. We will certainly make sure university students have advance warning, of course we’re going to be mindful of this.”
He mentioned that he had lately visited France, where they had a massive surge in vaccinations after incorporating a health pass for many activities.
“It’s a little bit of coaxing and cajoling and also making clear that ultimately over September when we know we’ll see, as a result of coming out of the lockdown step four, an increase in cases, we can control that with backstop safeguard measures.”
The newest government figures demonstrate that more than 71% of adults have now had two jabs, while 88% have had the first dose. The young lot comprising people within three months of turning 18, implying those who will soon be able to go to university – and those aged 12-17 who live with people with a suppressed immune system-also qualify for the jab.