Office workers in England not obliged to be vaccinated, says minister | Coronavirus

People should be fully vaccinated before returning to office jobs but it will not be made a legal requirement in England, a cabinet minister has said.

Nor will the government go as far as requiring vaccine passports for entry to shops or pubs in England, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said. Some nightclubs require an NHS Covid pass for entry, while some football clubs have said they will also ask for proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Downing Street’s continued insistence that a so-called “jabs for jobs” policy is for individual businesses comes after some firms announced plans to make Covid-19 vaccinations obligatory for all workers.

They included Pimlico Plumbers, which has introduced such a policy among its 400-strong workforce, although employment lawyers questioned earlier this year whether it would be legally enforceable.