No 10 also confirmed that Covid passes would have to be subject to scrutiny from parliament, and it is far from clear that he will win majority support for the idea.
The plan to bring in Covid passports for nightclubs has already drawn serious concern from some prominent backbench Tories including Steve Baker, David Davis and Mark Harper.
Labour has signalled it could oppose the plans, while the Liberal Democrats are firmly against, raising the possibility that Conservative rebels could defeat them when they come to parliament in the autumn.
Justin Madders, shadow health minister, said: “This make-it-up-as-you-go-along government is causing more chaos when what people and businesses need is certainty. How can it be safe to go to nightclubs now, with no protective measures, if in September it will require double jab status? It makes no sense.”
Announcing the plan on Monday, Johnson mentioned: “I should serve notice now that by the end of September, when all over-18s will have had their chance to be double-jabbed, we are planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.
Unlike at pilot events, where customers have been allowed to show evidence of a negative test, they will have to prove they have been double-jabbed amid concerns in government about vaccine uptake among young people. Approximately 35% of 18- to 30-year-olds are unvaccinated, he said.
Addressing younger people directly, Johnson said: “Some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination.”
Less than 18 hours after virtually all Covid restrictions had been formally scrapped, permitting golf equipment to open and placing an finish to obligatory masks and social distancing, the prime minister expressed concern about what he referred to as the “continuing risk posed by nightclubs”. From simply after midnight on Sunday, hundreds of revellers had been pictured dancing at golf equipment throughout the nation as they celebrated “freedom day”.