The UK has not long been given the go-ahead to start rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which proved 90 per cent effective in recent trials, and batches are already shipped out with vaccinations starting as soon as tomorrow.
And along with the potentially life-saving injection – which is currently being rolled out in stages – the vaccine comes with a gift; an incredibly detailed ID card.
The information included on the coronavirus card will include the type of vaccine, its batch number and the date on which it was administered, and a message reminding patients to note down the date they have their important second dose.
As well as this, the patient’s personal information will be registered on an NHS database.
Currently, it’s unknown whether the cards will be mandatory.
The first of 50 British hubs received the COVID-19 jab yesterday, with NHS boss Stephen Powis stating that this was finally “the beginning of the end” of the deadly virus.
Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Health Minister stated that the post-vaccine toke, which is “credit card-sized” will just be used to remind people to get a second dose of the jab, similar to the ones women get with contraceptive implants.
He said: “These will act as a reminder for a second dose for the type of vaccine and it will also give information about how to report side effects.”
Although rumours of immunity passports have been discussed, the idea was dismissed by Minister of the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, who told Sky News: “No, that’s not being planned.
“I certainly am not planning to introduce any vaccine passports and I don’t know anyone else in government who is.”
UK Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi thinks that some kind of proof of vaccination could, however, be introduced at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
He told the BBC: “I think you’ll probably find that restaurants and bars and cinemas and other venues, sports venues, will probably also use that system.”
Croydon University Hospital, South London, became the first UK hub to unpack and cold-store the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine yesterday.
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