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The correct answer to the question in the headline above is “either” – at least if the subject to hand is the Government’s proposed new Covid regulations.

The following will be required to gain entry to nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 peoplem unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated, or
  • Proof of a negative test during the last 48 hours, or an exemption will be needed.

“People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted,” the Government’s statement says.

Sajid Javid now says that to be fully vaccinated one must have three jabs, not two – after all adults have been offered a top-up.

In short, vaccine passports is a less accurate description of the conditions that the Government is requiring than Covid passports.

That said, neither a negative test within 48 hours nor proof of being fully vaccinated guarantee that the holder won’t pass on the virus.

Indeed, a strong practical argument against vaccine passports is that the holder of one may indeed do so – though he is admittedly less likely to be contagious.