England to abolish vaccine passports | Free Times

Published 14 January 2022 at 23.13

In mid-December, a system of so-called vaccine passes, or covid passes, was introduced in England. The move was controversial – 100 Conservative MPs went against their own party and voted no when the issue was discussed in the lower house. The proposal still went through because it received support from the Labor Party.

But now it looks like the vaccine passes will be short-lived. Britain’s health minister Sajid Javid said on Friday that the vaccine passport system would be phased out. It states several British newspapers, among others The Times and Daily Mail.

The fact that the vaccine passes are no longer needed was justified by the Minister of Health with the omicron variant of covid-19 being stated to be in decline. The reported cases of people who tested positive for covid-19 have dropped by 40 percent in the past week.

No formal decision has been made to abolish the vaccine passports. The issue will be discussed by the government at a meeting on 26 January.

In England, vaccine passes are currently required to visit, among other things, nightclubs and indoor events with more than 500 participants.

Vaccine passport rules apply not only in England but also in the rest of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether the passports will remain in those parts is decided locally and is currently unclear.

Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.

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