UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the bbc on Sunday that the country is not going ahead with plans to implement a vaccine passport for nightclubs and other large, crowded events.
why it matters: The move marks a sudden turnaround after the vaccine passport scheme came into force after mounting criticism from conservative lawmakers. Just a few days ago the UK’s Minister of Vaccines, Nadim Zhawi, described the Vaccine Passport as the best way forward, The Associated Press informed of.
big picture: Javid said he was personally not a fan of the vaccine passport idea, but added that the plan would be put “in reserve” in the coming autumn or winter.
- Javid said he “never liked the idea of telling people that you should show your papers” to “do what’s just an everyday activity.”
- “We shouldn’t be working just for the sake of it or because others are doing it, and we should look at every possible intervention properly.”
- “While we have looked at this properly and should we reserve it as a potential option, I am pleased to say that we will not proceed with the vaccine passport plan.”
state of play: While the UK was set to start implementing the Vaccine Passport later this month, other countries have already done so.
- In July, France made vaccine health passes mandatory for bars, restaurants and for domestic travel.
- In August, Italy announced it would require a vaccine passport for food, theatres, swimming pools, gyms, museums and long-distance travel.