Football fans could face stadium bans without Covid-19 vaccine, minister warns

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Football supporters in Britain could face the prospect of having to take the Covid-19 jab if they wish to watch their team live.

According to New vaccines tsar Nadhim Zahawi, it may become insisted that businesses insist those people entering their venues have had the vaccine shot.

On Monday, he told the BBC's World at One: "We are looking at the technology.

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

Sports venues are among those which could turn people away.

The minister suggested restaurants, bars and cinemas are all places which could reject members of the public going forward.

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.”

Premier League fans will return to stadiums under the Tier 2 system this coming weekend.

The way the fixture schedule has fallen means Manchester United's visit to West Ham's London Stadium is the first which will have fans in the top flight.

The minister continued when asked if it meant people who did not have a vaccination would be severely restricted in what they could do: “I think people have to make a decision.

“But, I think you’ll probably find many service providers will want to engage with this in the way they did with the app.”

The Pfizer-BionTech vaccine may start to be rolled out in the UK by next week, with NHS staff at hospitals set to be given it from December 7.

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