Will We Need Vaccine Passports To Move House?
The introduction of so-called vaccine passports for nightclubs has caused the government and hospitality bosses to come to blows. From September, people will have to prove that they have been double jabbed or they will be refused entry.
But the proposals are not yet written into law as they have to be voted on in parliament first. But both Labour and rebel Conservative MPs say they’re firmly against them. So-called Freedom Day only took place a few days ago, but the possible enforcement of Covid vaccine passports has caused uproar.
There’s also speculation that pubs and stadiums could also insist on seeing a Covid vaccine passport. But what about people planning on moving house?
The stamp duty holiday has caused a surge in sales with buyers saving thousands. And even though the tax break will fully end in October, people will still be buying and selling homes.
But do we have to put moves on hold until we’ve had both vaccines?
As it stands, no. There are currently no plans to make an NHS vaccine passport compulsory for anyone wanting to move house. It means buyers, sellers and potential tenants can breathe a sigh of relief. And while ministers have refused to rule anything out, the passport is only expected to be needed for crowded venues.
In fact, the passport is effectively already in use, but it is not a legal requirement. However, government guidance says that you might be asked to show a NHS Covid Pass if you go to certain places. The NHS Covid Pass is a QR code that can be accessed on the NHS app (not the NHS Covid app). You can download it to your phone, save it as a PDF or receive it in an email.
It will be valid for a period of time and will automatically renew afterwards. There is a different process to follow if you plan on going abroad. People can also ask for their pass to be sent in a letter to them. Recent house movers should make sure their doctors surgery has their right address before requesting a letter.