UK cancels plan to apply vaccine passport

The UK’s health minister said the country would reverse its plan to require people to present their passports with the Covid-19 vaccine when entering crowded places.

The British government earlier said the passport vaccine program would be rolled out by the end of this month, despite objections from some businesses and Conservative MPs.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid today announced the reversal of the plan, saying the government does not consider the move necessary given the current epidemic situation in the UK when vaccine coverage is relatively high.

Health workers prepare a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Blackburn, England, in May. Photo: Reuters.

Health workers prepare a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Blackburn, England, in May. Photo: Reuters.

“We’ve given it a lot of thought… and I’m pleased to announce that we will not continue with the vaccine passport plans,” Minister Javid told the BBC.

The UK has given two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to more than 80% of the population over the age of 16 and will soon announce an expansion of its immunization program for children aged 12 to 15.

Minister Javid said the idea of ​​having to show documents at entertainment venues made him uncomfortable. Some opponents even call it a violation of civil liberties.

“I’ve never liked asking people to show papers or anything in order to carry out day-to-day activities,” he said.

UK Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told parliament last week that the plan to introduce vaccine passports will be launched by the end of September, when all people over 18 have enough time to get two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

However, according to Minister Javid, the decision to reverse was made on the prerequisite that unlike other countries that have deployed vaccine passports, the UK “has a steady increase in vaccination rates”.

“People often assume that certification is going to be a tool to help promote vaccination, but I’m sure we don’t need to do that,” he added.

Vu Hoang (Follow AFP)

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