The UK health secretary Sajid Javid has said plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports to gain access to nightclubs and other crowded venues in England “will not be going ahead”.
He told BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I’ve never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it. We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports.”
The real reason that vaccine passports are not going ahead though, is made clear in the post below.
Public Health England have recently released vaccine breakthrough data for England that shows that the majority of people now becoming infected with Sars-CoV-2 are fully or partially vaccinated, and that the majority of hospitalizations and deaths from Sars-CoV-2 are also fully vaccinated.
Under those circumstances, it would make no sense, politically, legally or medically, to try to segregate the unvaccinated from the vaccinated, and it would present a tangible risk to public order to try to enforce such measures. Any such scheme would almost certainly be struck out by the courts.
** Just in case anyone thinks this is good news, well, it’s really not. We were never in favour of vaccine passports, we never thought that the vaccines would work, but Britain is now in a very precarious position with schools having just reopened and with workers encouraged to head back to the office.
The UK now has around 40,000 new Covid cases, almost 1,000 are being hospitalized and there more than 140 deaths from Covid every day.
Britain is going into winter with waning vaccines, a creaking health service, and with almost all mitigations including masks and social distancing abandoned. Britain is about to find out just how ugly Covid-19 can get. It’s March 2020 all over again. **
Below are the WEEKLY new case numbers for the UK – nearly 40,000 a day
Below are the WEEKLY new hospitalization figures for the UK – nearly 1,000 a day
Below are the WEEKLY new Covid-19 death figures for the UK – more than 140 a day