British opposition against vaccine passports rises

Michael Gove; Boris Johnson, Covid-19 Vaccine passports
Michael Gove with Boris Johnson.

Throughout the earlier part of March, MPs discussed the possibilities of using vaccine passport. However, Britons are expressing their outrage against the very thought of this system.

More than 70 lawmakers have signalled opposition to any vaccination passports the government is considering. The passport is inclined to be used for entry in crowded paces like pubs and sport events.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson already mentioned it is likely the vaccination passport would be used for international travel.

The Daily Telegraph reported that COVID passport trials would commence within weeks after the return of major social events (sports, music festivals, etc.). These trials will assess the impact of usage.

“We oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of COVID status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs,” – A statement signed by the 70 lawmakers across the political cabinet.

No decision has been made yet.

The British economy is set to lift lockdown restrictions April 12th this year.

MPs in Disagreement?

Senior minister Michael Gove will review the possible use cases of the vaccine certificate, and is due to report back soon.

Vaccine passports were discussed about briefly last year. When asked if the UK would initiate the new form of identification, Michael Gove denied the possibility.

Nadhim Zahawi, health minister to oversee vaccinations, was previously asked if the vaccine recipients would get a ‘passport’. He replied: “We are looking at the technology.

“And, of course, a way of people being able to inform their GP that they have been vaccinated.

“But, also, I think you’ll probably find that restaurants and bars and cinemas and other venues, sports venues, will probably also use that system – as they have done with the (test and trace) app.”

The UK has currently vaccinated more than 30 million people. This number accounts for the largest inoculation programme in Europe.

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