Johnson Scraps Vaccine Passports, Readies U.K. for Booster Shots

By Emily AshtonSeptember 12, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT

  •  Premier to announce new approach in tackling Covid this winter
  •  Abandons vaccine certitication after revolt from Tory MPs
Boris Johnson prepares to greet Sebastian Pinera, Chile's president, in London on Sept. 10.
Boris Johnson prepares to greet Sebastian Pinera, Chile’s president, in London on Sept. 10. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson will unveil the U.K.’s new approach in tackling Covid this week, preparing the country for a mass booster vaccination program and potential shots for teenagers — but scrapping plans for mandatory vaccine certificates in England.

The prime minister is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday outlining how a beefed-up inoculation program will try to keep the virus under control over the high-risk period of autumn and winter.