Mon 06 September 2021:
According to Bloomberg, the UK is considering requiring vaccine passports to gain entrance to large events as early as this month, but has yet to decide whether to give vaccines to healthy schoolchildren.
“We are looking at, by the end of September when everyone has had a chance to be fully vaccinated, for the large venues — venues which could end up causing a real spike in infections — where we need to use the certification process, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said in an interview with Sky News.
The government hasn’t yet decided on whether to roll out vaccines to healthy 12- to 15-year-olds, but if the move does go ahead, then parental consent would be needed, he said.
On Friday, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization said that the benefits of vaccination for healthy children in this age group was “marginally greater than the potential known harms, though advised the government to ask the UK’s chief medical officers to weigh in on the decision.
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After the Sunday Telegraph revealed that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is pushing ahead with the proposals, Zahawi stated that the government is considering mandating all frontline healthcare workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Before making a decision, the government will consult, according to Zahawi.
In the wake of allegations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to raise national insurance to support a reform of the UK’s social care system, he alluded to the need for a post-virus rebalancing.
“The safety net this government has provided is one people recognize, he said. “It’s only right that we try and make sure we return the system to where it was.
He said the government will reveal the details of its social care plan by the end of the year.
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