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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Showing a vaccine passport in Welsh clubs now mandatory AND unvaccinated pregnant women make up large percentage of those ill with COVID


VACCINE PASSPORT: People must now show an NHS Covid Pass or demonstrate their vaccination status to enter nightclubs and attend large events in Wales.

The country is facing some of its highest infection rates since the beginning of the pandemic, particularly among young people. The vaccine passport legislation was passed in the Senedd last week despite opposition from the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.

Economy minister Vaughan Gething said: “Our fantastic vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength but the pandemic is not over.

“Cases remain high across Wales and, unfortunately, families across the country are losing loved ones to this awful virus.

“The clear advice from our scientific advisers is that we need to take early action now.

“The Covid Pass is just one of a series of measures in place to help prevent people spreading and catching coronavirus while helping to keep the economy open.

“None of us want to see further lockdowns and for businesses to have to close their doors once again.

“Showing vaccine passport is already part of our collective effort to keep businesses open, with some major events, such as the successful Green Man Festival, using it.

“Together, if we all continue to follow the clear guidelines we’re all used to by now, we’ll be doing everythin we can to keep Wales safe.”

Almost a fifth of the most critically ill coronavirus patients in England in recent months were unvaccinated pregnant women, health officials said as they urged expectant mothers to get their jabs. England's chief midwife, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, said the data is "another stark reminder that the Covid-nineteen jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones safe and out of hospital".

Pharmacists will be given the right to write prescriptions under plans reportedly being considered by Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Mr Javid last month vowed the Government will "do a lot more" to ensure GPs see more patients face-to-face following complaints from the public.

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