U.K. Says Businesses Can Seek Vaccination Proof From Customers

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Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that while the U.K. has no plan to roll out vaccine passports for domestic use, companies can choose to demand proof of inoculation from customers as the economy opens up.

“It’s up to businesses what they do,” Zahawi told the BBC on Tuesday. “It’s much better you look at rapid testing, combined with a national vaccination program” to safely open up venues, he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to set out a “road map” on Feb. 22 for easing the country’s coronavirus restrictions, with more than 15 million people in the U.K. having now received a first vaccine dose.

At a press conference on Monday, Johnson indicated he is opposed to vaccine passports for use domestically, but said other nations may demand them for international travel.

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