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The government will make proof of vaccination mandatory to enter nightclubs from the end of September.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the news to MPs in the House of Commons on Monday and shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced the news at a press conference.
Mr Johnson said there was an ongoing risk posed by nightclubs but he did not want to shut down the facilities.
“Nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing and use the NHS COVID pass,” he said.
However, he added, “We reserve the right to require certification at any time, if there is a need to reduce transmission.
“I must point out that at the end of September, when everyone over 18 has had the chance to be doubled, we plan to carry out a complete vaccination, condition of entry into nightclubs and others. places where large crowds congregate. “
The government said the time frame would allow those over 18 to double up as well as two more weeks for protection to take hold.
Mr Johnson confirmed that there were still 35% of 18-30 year olds, around three million people, who were currently completely unvaccinated.
“We need more young adults to receive protection that is of immense benefit to your family and friends, and to yourself,” Mr Johnson said.
“So I remind everyone that some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to increasingly depend on immunization.
“We want this country to be able to enjoy the fruits of our massive efforts and our huge vaccination campaign. But in order to do that, we have to be careful.