This document fulfils the commitment, set out in the Autumn and Winter Plan, to provide organisations with more detail about the proposed certification regime that would be introduced as part of Plan B.
The government invites feedback on these proposals. A call for evidence runs until 11 October.
Autumn and Winter Plan
The COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, published on 14 September, sets out the government’s aims to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure during this period.
The government plans to achieve this by:
- building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics
- identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: test, trace and isolate
- supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services
- advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications
- pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border
If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the government has prepared a Plan B for England. Given the high levels of protection in the adult population against COVID-19 by vaccination, relatively small changes in policy and behaviour could have a big impact on reducing transmission, bending the epidemic curve and relieving pressure on the NHS. The government’s Plan B prioritises measures which can help control transmission of the virus while seeking to minimise economic and social impacts. This includes: