GPs will review every Covid vaccination exemption if mandatory vaccine passports are introduced this winter, the Government has announced.
New guidance says that if people are medically exempt from having the vaccine they must apply for proof of that status from a doctor, specialist clinician or midwife.
Covid passports are not currently enforced in England but could be brought in under the Government’s winter plan.
If introduced, they would apply to venues such as nightclubs and other places open after 1am with alcohol, music and dancing, indoor events with 500 or more attendees, outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any settings with 10,000 or more people.
To apply for exemption, patients must call 119 and request an application form, and will also be asked to provide the name of their GP or specialist clinician. Once submitted, their form will be reviewed and returned in two to three weeks.
Medically exempt patients will receive a domestic NHS Covid Pass, allowing them access to venues and events. Decisions made by GPs will be final and patients cannot appeal, the guidance said.
Reasons for exemption are “limited” but could those receiving end of life care for whom the vaccine is not in their best interests, people with learning disabilities or autism or someone with severe allergies to the vaccine or who had an adverse reaction to the first dose.