A third of young people still haven’t had their first dose of the Covid vaccine
There are reports that the October vaccine passports for clubbing could be dropped if enough under-30s get the jab
A third of young people are yet to have a single dose of their first Covid jab, Boris Johnson announced yesterday, as the government revealed that only double-jabbed people will allowed to go clubbing from October.
But with around three million 18-30s fully unvaccinated, the BBC has reported that the vaccine passports may be dropped if enough people get their jab.
As the Prime Minister oversaw the reopening of nightclubs from his self-isolation retreat at Chequers, he said that he was concerned by “the continuing risk posed by nightclubs”.
Clubs could be “potential superspreading events”, warned chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance yesterday.
“Though we can see the enthusiasm of millions of young people to get their jabs, we need even more young adults to receive a protection that is of immense benefit to your family and friends – and to yourselves,” Johnson said in a statement yesterday.
He added: “Some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination.”
Political editor @nicholaswatt reports that if vaccination rates among 18 to 30-year-olds increase, vaccine passports for nightclubs may not be introduced 👇
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) July 19, 2021
Despite queues at Twickenham showing hordes of young people snapping up the chance to get a shot in the arm, 35 per cent of 18-30s are unvaccinated, compared to 17 per cent of 30-50s.
However, over-18s were the last group to be offered the vaccine, with the youngest offered the opportunity a month ago.