Michael Gove has described people refusing to get vaccinated against Covid as "selfish" and suggested they could be "barred" from more venues in future.

With ministers considering plans to impose new restrictions on people who have not been double vaccinated from the autumn, Mr Gove said those refusing to take up the offer of a jab were putting other people’s "lives at risk". 

Speaking during a visit to Glasgow on Tuesday, the Cabinet Office minister urged people who had not had their first jab to "get vaccinated" and warned that their ability to attend certain events could otherwise be curtailed. 

His intervention comes days after Boris Johnson announced that people attending nightclubs from the end of September will be required to show proof of double vaccination. 

Since then, The Telegraph has revealed that the Government is looking at extending the mandatory requirement to include the Premier League and other spectator seated events with a capacity of more than 20,000. 

Separately, it has been suggested that university students could be required to be fully vaccinated before attending lectures or staying in halls next term. 

The Telegraph also revealed that the plan to impose vaccine passports for nightclubs was forced through despite a majority of ministers calling for it to be postponed at a meeting hours before it was announced. 

Asked about the proposals, Mr Gove told reporters: "Ultimately, if you can be vaccinated and you refuse to, that is a selfish act. You’re putting other people’s health and lives at risk – you should get vaccinated."

He added that he thought "some form of certification" was "the right way to go" to try to curtail Covid spread at "certain venues and certain events".

Asked whether refusal to be jabbed should prevent attendance at some mass events, Mr Gove said: "It depends on which part of the United Kingdom you’re in and what the nature of the event is.

"But if you deliberately refuse to get vaccinated and there are certain venues and certain events that require a certain level of safety, then, you know, the terms in which you will be able to get into those venues and those events will be barred to you."

His comments are likely to trigger a fresh backlash among some Tory MPs, who have hit out at the plans and even threatened to boycott the Conservative Party conference if they are required to use a vaccine passport. 

Speaking to The Sun, Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-sceptic Tories, warned that making passports mandatory risked causing a major rupture in the party. 

"It is an outrageous proposal, and one that doesn’t seem likely to do any good," he added. "I believe the government is in terrible danger of splitting the Tory Party irretrievably – after all we have been through with Brexit."