Plans for vaccine passports in England have been scrapped, widening differences across the UK over the benefits and drawbacks of a jab certification scheme.

Sajid Javid said today the vaccine passport scheme for entry to nightclubs and other crowded events "will not be going ahead" in England.  

Scotland will introduce the scheme on October 1, despite opposition from the Conservatives in Holyrood.

There are currently no plans to intorduce vaccine passports here in Wales, where political attitudes to vaccine passports are lukewarm at best, but a decision is repoortedly due next week.

During Friday's press conference, first minister Mark Drakeford repeated his reservations about the scheme, saying there remained "a series of practical and ethical issues that need to be considered".

Drakeford did not rule the scheme out but said on Friday vaccine passports would not be considered for entry to places "where people need to go".

He added: “Where people gather voluntarily ... given the numbers we are seeing in Wales today, it would not be responsible for the cabinet not to look at [vaccine passports] as an option."

Javid announced the UK government's U-turn following a backlash from Tory MPs, and said he had not liked the idea of "saying to people you must show your papers" for everyday activities.

“We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports [in England]," the UK health secretary said on the Andrew Marr Show.

Here in Wales, all eyes will now be on the Welsh Government this week, to find out whether they will follow Scotland or England's lead. 

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