UK Abandons Plans for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports in Crowded Places in England

Britain’s health secretary said on Sunday that authorities have decided not to require vaccine passports to enter nightclubs and other crowded events in England, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government supporters in the Parliament.

Sajid Javid said the government has shelved the idea of ​​vaccine passports for now, but might reconsider the decision if Covid-19 cases increase exponentially once again.

“We have analyzed it correctly and although we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I am pleased to say that we will not go ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid told the BBC.

The U-turn came just days after the government’s vaccine minister and culture secretary suggested that vaccine passports would remain necessary, despite growing opposition from lawmakers. These passports are required in other European countries, such as France.

In particular, members of the ruling Conservative Party have opposed these passports as an unacceptable burden for businesses and an infringement of the human rights of residents.

Vaccines are the first line of defense against the virus as we approach the fall and winter months.

Please come by for your jab if you haven’t already. pic.twitter.com/LAZVG10Onx

– Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) September 12, 2021

The idea of ​​requiring people to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for Covid-19 has been uncomfortable for many in Britain, where people are generally not required to carry identification documents.

The hotel sector said the decision would allow for progress.

“We hope that companies can now plan for the future with some degree of certainty, regain the trust of customers and the workforce, and begin to rebuild an industry that has been consistently at the sharpest end of this pandemic,” said Michael Kill. , executive director of the Night Industries Association.

On Thursday, Scotland’s parliament backed the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports there for “higher risk” settings like nightclubs and music festivals starting October 1.

( Jowhar with AP, AFP)

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