The Government has confirmed it intends to press ahead with plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs.
The proposals have previously been met with criticism from politicians on both sides as well as leaders in the night time hospitality industry.
Once the scheme has come into force, however, members of the public would be required to show proof of their vaccine status to gain entry to domestic venues and events.
“We set out broadly our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and some other settings and we’ll be coming forward in the coming weeks with details for that,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson on Tuesday (August 31).
Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, however, said his party would oppose the scheme, while Labour previously labelled it “costly, open to fraud and impractical”.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Davey said: “As predicted the Government has reheated their Covid ID card scheme.
“They are divisive, unworkable and expensive and the Liberal Democrats will oppose them.”
New data from the Guardian shows some people would be more reluctant to be vaccinated if such passports were introduced, with 12.2% of the 14,543 single-vaccinated people surveyed stating they would be less likely to get vaccinated if the plans went ahead.
Some 87.8% of those surveyed, however, said their decision to receive a second dose would not be affected by the introduction of the passport scheme.
Dr Alex de Figueiredo from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the study, said these percentages become significant when scaled up to the whole population, according to The Guardian.
Boris Johnson also previously faced a backlash within his own party over the possibility of domestic vaccine passports, with 43 Conservative MPs signing a declaration opposing them.