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Coronavirus: UK abandons vaccine passport plans in crowded places


LONDON – British authorities have decided not to require a vaccination passport to enter nightclubs and other overcrowded events in England, Britain’s Health Secretary said on Sunday, turning the tide amid opposition from some of the supporters of the Conservative government in Parliament.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government has put aside the idea of ​​vaccine passports for now, but may reconsider the decision if COVID-19 cases rise exponentially again.

“We have reviewed it properly and although we have to keep it in reserve as a potential option, I am happy to say that we will not be moving forward with the vaccine passport plans,” Javid told the BBC.

The turnaround came just days after the government’s Vaccines Minister and Culture Secretary suggested vaccine passports would still be needed, despite growing opposition from lawmakers.

In particular, members of the ruling Conservative Party opposed these passports as an unacceptable burden on businesses and an infringement on the human rights of residents.

The idea of ​​requiring people to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for COVID-19 has been uncomfortable for many in Britain, where people are generally not required to carry identity documents.

Other European countries use similar documents showing people’s immunization status as a way to reopen society – although the rules vary widely. Each of the 16 German states has slightly different rules on what is required, but in general people are required to show a negative test, vaccine, or recovery certificate before being allowed to participate in meals at the inside, to drink or dance.

Passes are compulsory in France for frequenting bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and other places of public gathering and for long-distance journeys by bus, train and plane. In Italy, where nightclubs have not reopened since the start of the pandemic, so-called Green Passes are mandatory for dining indoors, attending a concert or for domestic travel by train, bus, plane or ferry. , although local transport is exempt.

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