Introduce vaccine passports now to help re-open gyms and pubs, says Black Country MP

Following on the previous post it is worth noting that Labour MP is probably the first Labour MP to publically come out in support of these ‘vaccine passports’. In the post below it notes that “a vaccine passport could assist with the safe reopening of hospitality, sporting and leisure venues”, or you could just open them up?

Sadly since the Tories have been in power all they do is get ideas from Labour and use them with either by taking the entire idea on or a lighter version of it.

Full article from Birmingham Live post…

Black Country MP John Spellar has urged Boris Johnson to speed up proposals for a possible “passport” allowing people to prove they have been vaccinated.

The Prime Minister has asked Cabinet Minister Michael Gove to lead a review into whether there should be documents, known officially as status certificates, for people who have received a Covid vaccine.

It’s controversial because some MPs believe it is unfair to “discriminate” against people who refuse to have the vaccine. There is also concern about how it would affect people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, such as having an allergy.

But Mr Spellar criticised the decision to hold a review, and said vaccine passports should simply be introduced as soon as possible. People could be given a plastic card, or a mobile phone app could be used to prove they had been vaccinated, he said.

Mr Spellar (Lab Warley) said: “A vaccine passport could assist with the safe reopening of hospitality, sporting and leisure venues. Many of these are on the brink, and they need every help in getting back on their feet, while their workers want their jobs back.

“It also matters for their customers. The Government’s own survey in the document shows that half of adults are reporting boredom, loneliness, anxiety or stress. Unemployment kills; loneliness kills as well.”

But the Government’s review isn’t expected to announce its findings until June. Mr Spellar said this shows “no sense of urgency”.

He added: “Why not have a vaccine passport? Huge advances in technology over the past decades mean that it should be a relatively straightforward process.”

He revealed he carries a record of his own vaccination with him. “The NHS keeps records of everyone who has had the jab – I have my own card here – and this information could be stored on a plastic card produced in a secure environment or possibly on a mobile phone app, and carried around in a pocket ready to be presented on entry at any commercial venue.

“Let us be clear that the NHS already issues yellow fever cards as the proof of vaccination that some countries require before people can visit.”

Boris Johnson announced that Mr Gove would head up the review as the Prime Minister acknowledged the “deep and complex issues” surrounding the introduction of Covid-19 status certificates.

Senior officials, including the Government’s vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi, have frequently appeared to dismiss the idea of introducing vaccine passports in the UK.

But announcing his road map on Monday, Mr Johnson confirmed that a study into the use of vaccine and testing certificates will be one of four reviews conducted as part of easing the current restrictions.

Speaking at a school in south London on Tuesday, the Prime Minister told reporters that the introduction of vaccine passports should not discriminate against those who opt out of receiving the jab.

“There are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, and ethical issues about what the role is for Government in mandating or for people to have such a thing or indeed in banning from people doing such a thing,” he said.

“We can’t be discriminatory against people who for whatever reason can’t have the vaccine. There might be medical reasons why people can’t have a vaccine.

“Or some people may genuinely refuse to have one. I think that’s mistaken, I think everybody should have a vaccine, but we need to thrash all this out.”

While the rollout of the vaccination programme continues across the UK, Mr Johnson said he wanted to see a “proper review” into the issue.

“That’s going to be led by Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who will be getting the best scientific, moral, philosophical, ethical viewpoints on it and will work out a way forward,” he said.

“The fervent libertarians will reject but other people will think there’s a case for it.”