England drops plans for a vaccine pass at discos

The British health authorities have dropped plans for a vaccine pass to enter nightclubs and other densely populated places in England, Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday, according to the AP news agency. Javid says plans for a vaccine pass have been shelved, but that it could still be a possibility if the infection situation changes drastically.

The British government has changed its mind just days after the government officials in charge of vaccines and the culture minister suggested a vaccine passport might be needed. It met with great opposition from some MPs.

“We have considered it carefully and although we should keep the possibility open as an emergency plan, I am pleased to announce that we will not proceed with plans for a vaccine passport,” Javid told the BBC.

Vaccine passports have been used in several other European countries, but Conservative MPs in the UK believe it would be an unacceptably heavy burden on business as well as a violation of people’s human rights.

In Denmark, the corona passport, which among other things could document that one was fully vaccinated, was phased out on Friday, so it is no longer a requirement to present. It happened because the coronavirus is no longer considered a socially critical disease.

In Germany, the 16 Länder have different rules for coronapas, but in general, citizens must present a negative test or vaccine certificate to go out and eat, drink or dance.

In France, it also requires a passport when visiting bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and other places where many people gather. This also applies to longer journeys in buses, trains and planes.

In Italy, where nightclubs have been closed since the start of the pandemic, one must also use a corona pass to attend concerts, go to an indoor restaurant or on journeys by train, bus, plane and ferry.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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