The government has ruled out plans to issue so-called summer hoilday “vaccine passports” 

The Greek prime minister has said he would welcome British holidaymakers if they could prove they have been vaccinated.

Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that people could get evidence from their GP. Labour says vaccine passports may be necessary.

The possibility of giving people “vaccine passports” to allow a return to international travel is being debated in the UK and elsewhere. Former UK prime minister Tony Blair and Greek leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis are among those calling for their introduction.

Asked if the UK is looking at introducing them, Mr Zahawi told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “No we’re not. We have, as of yesterday, given the first dose to 11.5 million people and what they get is a card from the NHS with their name on it, the date they’ve been vaccinated with the first dose and the date for their second dose.

“One, we don’t know the impact of the vaccines on transmission, two, it’d be discriminatory. I think the right thing to do is make sure people come forward and be vaccinated because they want to rather than it being made in some way mandatory through a passport.