Boris Johnson announced Monday that by the end of September, some crowded indoor places should prohibit access to people who have not received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
But Cabinet is divided over the proposals, which angered Tory MPs and privacy advocates. Few top ministers have publicly defended the idea of vaccine passports and Labor opposes the plan in its current form.
A cabinet minister said: “I don’t know if that will ever happen. There are no defenders of politics.
The minister predicted that if the adoption of jabs among young people continued to grow, to a level of around 85% by mid-September, Mr Johnson would end up quietly abandoning the idea on the grounds that it did not t is no longer necessary to ensure that most people in nightclubs are vaccinated.
Some Cabinet members were reserving judgment until full details of the policy were announced in the fall: they will only approve the plan if they are certain it will not be extended to smaller venues such as than pubs and restaurants. A minister suggested the proposal would become unworkable if the government tried to apply it to contexts such as weddings which play an important legal role.
Any decision to make vaccine passports mandatory will require legislation – likely in the form of a statutory instrument – to be debated and voted on by MPs when the House of Commons returns from its summer recess in September. It is likely that dozens of Tories will oppose the government, forcing it to rely on votes from Labor and the SNP to push its plans forward.
The job is likely to try to modify the plans so that they allow unvaccinated people access to the relevant parameters as long as they can prove a recent negative coronavirus test. A spokesperson for Sir Keir Starmer said: “We oppose the use of the Covid vaccination status for daily access to sites and services. Site access testing would be more efficient and would give people and businesses more certainty. “
Write in this week Spectator, New Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that the end of the pandemic will take a long time to come with setbacks along the way. He said: “While it is tempting to imagine a day when we can declare the pandemic over and quickly move on with our lives, the reality is that there will not be a great time to victory.
“This virus will still be with us in one form or another for the foreseeable future, and even if you have received both doses of a vaccine, there is still a small chance that, like me, you could catch Covid – well. than with a less chance of being hospitalized as a result.