The British government has been accused of trying to bypass Parliament in an effort to implement vaccine passports via the backdoor, with the scheme under review AGAIN despite assurances it wasn’t being considered.
As we highlighted earlier this month, just a day after health secretary Sajid Javid asserted that the system had been scrapped, the government announced that vaccine passports would form an ‘integral’ part of its winter response to COVID if cases and hospitalizations rose.
Under the government’s ‘Plan B’, vaccine passports will form a “first-line defence” against a winter wave of COVID, despite their widespread use in Israel having proven to have zero impact on minimizing COVID cases.
Aware that it may struggle to get a vaccine passport system through a Parliamentary vote, the government is now launching a ‘public consultation’ in an attempt to enlist support for the scheme.
“The plans seemed to have been put on the backburner but on Monday night the Government launched a consultation, asking the public for views on the use of vaccine passports this autumn and winter if Covid-19 cases threaten to overwhelm the NHS,” reports the Telegraph.
“The Plan B proposals also open the door to the number of venues being widened beyond nightclubs, music venues, outdoor festivals, concerts and sports events.”
With the government refusing to commit to a vote, many respondents saw the move as the start of an effort to sidestep Parliament.
So, the @GOVUK are trying to sidestep a Parliamentary vote on Vaccine Passports for their Plan B winter scenario.— Adam Brooks (@EssexPR) September 27, 2021
❌ No evidence passports would curtail COVID spread.
❌ No impact assessments on their harms
❌ No answer to discrimination and moral arguments
👎 Very disappointing to see this vaccine passport proposal— Mark Harper (@Mark_J_Harper) September 27, 2021
🛑 No evidence published to justify it
🛑 No commitment to a Parliamentary vote in advance
Vaccine passports are *still*:
❌ Discriminatory https://t.co/Kq2wQcoSKD
Vaccine passports are illiberal, discriminatory, and there's no evidence to suggest they work.— Calvin (@calvinrobinson) September 27, 2021
The Government has not committed to a vote. What is a parliamentary democracy without parliamentary scrutiny?
Call for evidence 'til 11 October. Have your say:https://t.co/DXCue5hJuC
Government's vaccine passport proposals for England:— David Paton (@cricketwyvern) September 27, 2021
• Assertion of benefits with no real-world evidence presented.
• No evaluation of costs.
• Prior immunity not even considered.
Will the media interrogate? Will the Opposition oppose?https://t.co/dmCh1dkDFD
The utter stupidity of the scheme is proven by the fact that it will eliminate the option to provide a negative test to enter any of the venues.
In other words, proving that you don’t have the virus won’t be good enough to gain entry, but proving you’ve complied and taken a vaccine with dodgy efficacy that means you could still be carrying the virus anyway will be good enough to gain entry.
The government has consistently lied to the public about its intentions regarding vaccine passports, initially claiming they weren’t being considered while funding their creation, then announcing they’d be introduced at the end of September, then backtracking, and now they’re back on the agenda again.
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