A Cumbrian health expert said he was "sorry" to see the government deciding not to go ahead with it's plans to introduce Covid-19 vaccination passports for entry into crowded venues.

Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said the passports - which would have required people to prove that they had received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on entry to nightclubs, football games and gigs - would have been helpful in reducing the spread of the virus.

Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced the u-turn on vaccine passports at venues in England on Sunday.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the idea of vaccine passports will be kept in reserve.

Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, said: "Given that infection rates are highest in young people at the moment, and that transmission is most likely in settings such as nightclubs, where it is crowded and usually not well ventilated - yes, I think vaccine passports could have been a useful tool and I’m sorry that they are being withdrawn.

“For the people who are actually going out to the clubs - being younger age groups - they may not be at high risk, although it’s not just about hospitalisation and death.

“There is still harm that can be caused [to young people], but the concern is about the wider transmission and the fact that if you have got high case rates, then the chances of [transmission] into someone who is more vulnerable or for whome the vaccine hasn’t been effective is likely to happen.

"When cases go up, we do see increased numbers of hospitalisations."

The decision to shelve plans for vaccine passports has been largely welcomed in the nightlife and music industry.

Owner of Carlisle music bar and nightclub Deja Vu, Julie Brown, said: "I'm quite happy they have scrapped it and I think the door staff are happier.

"It's all down to common sense at the end of the day. If you have got a cough or any other symptoms then don't come out and don't come in just in case."

Julie said that the introduction of passports would have caused major problems for her business.

She added: "You would get queues, and if it was the digital passport you would have to make sure that it wasn't a screenshot of someone else's passport.

"It was concerning, because it may have damaged businesses. At the end of the day, we're all trying to get back on our feet."