Boris Johnson outlined the full details of the UK’s Covid winter plan to battle the killer virus in the months to come.
Vaccine passports and the legally mandated wearing of face masks are part of a “Plan B” drawn up to tackle Covid this winter if the NHS comes under unsustainable pressure, Sajid Javid had announced earlier in the day.
The health secretary addressed the House of Commons on the government’s contingency plans to tackle a feared surge in the virus in the coming months.
Mr Javid also confirmed booster doses will start to be administered from next week. Third shots will also be given to those in care homes and frontline health and social care workers.
It follows a warning the UK faces a "rough winter" due to the combination of coronavirus, flu and other respiratory conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic just became the worst pandemic in US history, surpassing the death toll from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.