UK residents will receive a card confirming that they have been vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine. The NHS Public Health Service, which unveiled the model on Monday, recommends that you carry the card with you at all times.
The name of the person, the name of the vaccine and its batch will be written on a card the size of a business card, as well as the date of vaccination, and on the other side a reminder to carry the card with you - although this is not an order but a recommendation.
The British government has so far denied that it intended to introduce "covid passports", without which it would be impossible to enter some facilities. "It's not planned. I'm definitely not going to introduce any vaccination passports and I don't know anyone else in the government who intends it," Michael Gove said last week.
But on Monday morning, Deputy Foreign Minister James Cleverly did not deny that such cards could be used to enable a return to a more normal life. "The idea is to make sure there is a wide return. It's about unlocking people's lives and reopening the economy," he said. Nadhim Zahawi, the new health ministry under-secretary responsible for vaccinations, went even further, who said he imagined restaurants or other venues might ask for some proof of vaccination. "I think restaurants and bars, cinemas and other venues, sports facilities will likely also benefit from this system," he told the BBC.
Last week, the British drug regulatory agency MHRA approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the American concern Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the vaccine and will be the first to start vaccinating on Tuesday. The British government has made a deal to buy 40 million doses of this preparation, which, given that two doses are necessary, is enough for 20 million people. However, the vast majority of this order will be realized after the new year.
From London Bartłomiej Niedziński (PAP)