The government was today accused of introducing vaccine passports by stealth after the NHS App was updated with ‘domestic’ and ‘travel’ options for Britons to prove their vaccination status.
The app was also updated to let users download the QR code proving they have had both doses of the Covid-19 jab to their Apple Wallet.
Developers also made a change so that people who received the Novavax jab as part of a formally-approved vaccine trial can now obtain the so-called ‘NHS Covid Pass’.
And those opening up the Covid section of the app can now go through to the ‘get your NHS Covid Pass’ – which presents two options of ‘domestic’ or ‘travel’.
Tory backbenchers have already accused the Prime Minister of trying to turn Britain into a ‘Beijing-style democracy’ amid a furious row over compulsory vaccine passports for universities.
It would mean students would only be allowed back on campus this September if they could prove they had been double-jabbed.
Deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tories, Steve Baker, said it was an ‘outrageous proposal’ that likely would not ‘do any good’.
He added: ‘Who are they now trying to coerce? Whose education are they now trying to deny?
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