Covid UK news: Booster jabs for 32m to begin next month as vaccine passports face Tory revolt

Booster vaccinations against Covid-19 could reportedly be offered to as many as 32 million Britons from next month alongside flu jabs.

The campaign could start as soon as 6 September over fears the efficacy of Britain’s earliest jabs may begin to decline.

Video: Businesses in England will be encouraged to use 'vaccine passports' during summer (Birmingham Mail)

A Tory revolt, meanwhile, is threatening Boris Johnson’s plans to introduce domestic vaccine passports to gain entry to domestic venues and events.

Downing Street is pushing for vaccine passports to be required for entry into large-scale events amid fears allowing large numbers of unvaccinated people in an enclosed space could spread the virus.

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But Andrew Bridgen, one of the 43 Tories who previously signed a declaration opposing vaccine passports, accused the Conservative Party of “trying to aggressively coerce young people” into getting coronavirus jabs.

The MP for North West Leicestershire said members needed to debate the “threat” of British people having to show proof of their vaccine status to gain entry to domestic venues and events.

Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, he said: “I think if the government is serious about the threat of bringing in domestic vaccine passports, then of course Parliament should be recalled. This is a very serious infringement on people’s liberties, it is basically unprecedented in this country, and I and a number of colleagues would oppose it.”

He continued: “I think it is a very blunt instrument, to threaten people with domestic Covid passports. I personally don’t think it would get through the House of Commons in any event and that’s why the government has moved on to this ‘carrot’ inducements for young people.”

He predicted a vote on vaccine passports in the Commons would result in an “embarrassing defeat” for Boris Johnson’s administration.

In July, more than 40 Conservatives signed a declaration by campaign group Big Brother Watch saying they are opposed to using “Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs”.

Tory grandee Sir David Lidington said introducing a “government certificate of approval” to access certain events would set a “dangerous precedent”.

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