The NHS app may not be ready when the curbs of international travel are lifted, Downing Street has confirmed.
Number 10 said the government was working on the technology (which can prove if someone has the status of “vaccine passport”) “at the pace,” but admitted it may not be ready in time for May 17 .
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had previously suggested the application would be necessary for the British to prove they had had their blow, but the prime minister’s spokesman again referred the claim on Monday.
“It set out the original approach we want to take,” the spokesman said. “Obviously, we will be able to confirm before May 17 exactly what measures are used for the initial countries available to travel, whether the application or another approach.”
Pressed on whether the application would be necessary, he added: “Obviously, there are other ways to achieve the same end goal. At the moment, we are working on the application at a good pace to get it ready.
“And we will be able to confirm before May 17 as soon as possible what approaches we will use.”
The app is connected to GP services and is linked to personal health data. It can be used to repeat prescriptions, to send messages to doctors and to book appointments. It is independent of the NHS Covid-19 application, which is used for contact tracking.