The Covid-19 green card is considered unnecessary when the UK currently has a high vaccination rate, but many people are still concerned about the risk of an outbreak if subjective.
The British government confidently stated that it was very unlikely that the country would have to re-impose lockdown measures despite the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. They also canceled a plan to require people to show their vaccination green cards when they want to go to crowded places like nightclubs. Previously, the British government had announced that it would still deploy green cards and vaccines at the end of September, despite objections from some businesses and Conservative politicians.
The UK has one of the highest death rates from Covid-19 in the world and the number of infections has been on the rise in recent months after the country lifted almost all restrictions last month. 7.
Currently, 9 out of 10 UK local areas see a “weekly increase in cases”, according to Guardian.
According to British Health Minister Sajid Javid, the idea of having to show documents before entering entertainment and entertainment venues makes him feel uncomfortable. Some protesters also called the move a violation of civil liberties.
Javid said a key factor in the government’s decision to reverse the plan was that unlike other countries that have deployed vaccine green cards, the UK “has had a steady increase in vaccination rates”. According to figures from Our World in Data, the UK has fully vaccinated 43.9 million people, or 65.9% of the population.
The decision to cancel the vaccine green card plan is creating a lot of controversy. The Night Industry Association (NTIA) chief executive welcomed the government’s latest move, expressing hope that businesses in the sector could “start rebuilding”.
“We hope businesses can now plan for the future with a certain degree of certainty, regaining trust from customers,” he said.
Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of music event venues across the UK, also supported the government’s decision.
“The dual vaccine certification scheme proposed by the government has several challenges in terms of availability, implementation, equity, and the risk of creating discrimination,” said Davyd. “MVT has raised these issues to ministers and departments over the past two months, so we welcome the discontinuation of this policy.”
Sacha Lord, co-founder of the Parklife music festival and nighttime economic adviser to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, said he was relieved by the government’s decision.
“I’m glad to see the government has listened to the night industry and the events industry,” Lord said. “The original plan was difficult to implement and illogical. On the other hand, it contained many discriminatory elements and was not legally clear.”
However, according to the Times, with the current infection rate 12 times higher than the level at this time last year, the decision to abolish the vaccine green card as well as relax the potential epidemic prevention measures is not without risks.
While it’s clear that vaccines are effective in preventing disease progression and reducing hospitalizations, the start of the new school year and workers’ return to work are expected to drive infection rates up in the coming weeks. In addition, the risk of a flu outbreak in the coming winter combined with Covid-19 could still put great pressure on the health system, leaving hospitals overwhelmed.
Experts estimate that in addition to vaccines, the best way to combat the winter wave of infections is for the public to know how to self-regulate behavior when the number of infections increases. There is evidence that people consciously limit social contact in areas with high infection rates. At the same time, many locations are making their own regulations, applying vaccination status checks as a condition of entry, including Premier League football matches.
However, the risk is that voluntary action by the people is not enough. In Italy and France, where vaccination status checks when entering restaurants and public places, the current infection rate is much lower than in the UK. And the most important thing right now is to avoid another blockade at all costs. If this scenario happens, the government will never be able to atone, according to the Times.
Vu Hoang (Follow Inews, Times, AFP)