Mark Drakeford discusses Wales COVID passes on GMB
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An NHS Covid pass has been introduced in Wales. All people in Wales, whether locals or tourists, will now need to have the pass to legally attend big events or clubs.
The Welsh Covid pass shows the carrier has been fully vaccinated or has had a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours.
The new pass is compulsory for all adults over 18.
First Minister Mark Drakeford told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I am quite sure the huge bulk of people will use the lateral flow test in the correct way.”
There are also plans to make faking a negative Covid test illegal.
The Welsh pass will be required for nighclubs, indoor non-seated events of more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events of more than 4,000 people, and any event with more than 10,000 people.
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One of the first large event that will require the new pass is the Wales vs All Blacks rugby game on October 30.
To get a pass, Britons need to register for an NHS login from the NHS website.
They will then be able to get a digital pass.
Wales currently does not have an app, which means the pass will have to be shown from a web browser or within phone’s wallets or PDF.
There are also fines attached to the new pass.
Individuals can be fined £60, while venue can be fined £10,000.
France and Scotland already have Covid passes.
On social media, Susan Payne said: “The Tous AntiCovid works brilliantly here in France.
“Everything is normal, open and no one is batting an eyelid in having to prove the vaccine or negative test. From bar/cafes to hospitals all checked. Look at France’s Covid rates.”
Mark Collins thought the pass was a good idea.
He said: “Because Wales, like most of Europe still take covid seriously.”
However, Britons were widely against the new pass.
Matt Grainger said: “How does this make any sense.
“Having the vaccine doesn’t stop you catching/spreading Covid, so the only reason for making unvaccinated test and vaccinated not, is to make it inconvenient for non-vaccinated.”
User Indy Victor wrote: “I’ll just avoid Wales. Amazing how they got the vote through for this.”
This was a sentiment echoed by many Twitter users who claimed they would not be going to Wales until the pass was removed.
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