Punters face potential pub and restaurant ban without Covid jab, warns Govt

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Brits who haven’t had a coronavirus vaccine could be banned from pubs and restaurants, a Government minister has warned.

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who has been appointed as a health minister to oversee the jab’s rollout, made the comments on the BBC's World at One.

He believes businesses and sports venues may demand to check whether customers have been vaccinated.

Zahawi said: "We are looking at the technology."

“And, of course, a way of people being able to inform their GP that they have been vaccinated."

He added: "But, also you'll probably find that restaurants and bars and cinemas and other venues, sports venues, will probably also use that system – as they have done with the app.

"I think that in many ways the pressure will come from both ways, from service providers who’ll say ‘look, demonstrate to us that you have been vaccinated’.

“But, also, we will make the technology as easy and accessible as possible.”

Earlier today, US drug firm Moderna revealed its vaccine was 94% effective – and that no one who used it developed severe disease.

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The UK has already bought seven million doses of the vaccine – though supplies are not expected to arrive until March.

However, NHS England expects to get stocks of vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech on December 7, 8 or 9, according to The Guardian.

The jab will reportedly be given to NHS staff before it is rolled out to care home residents and the over-80s – despite the government classing them as top priorities for Covid immunisation.

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Care sector chiefs have reportedly reacted badly to the proposed plans.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said in September that elderly people living in care homes and their staff should be vaccinated first.

The report claims the new order might have been determined based on the nature of the Pfizer vaccine, which cannot be safely transported by GPs to care homes and private homes.

NHS officials believe that the vaccine will become unstable and ineffective if it is moved more than four times.

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