UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has admitted that not only is the government considering introducing covid vaccine passports for travel, but also to allow entry into shops pubs and restaurants.
Asked by LBC radio host Tom Swarbrick whether a “domestic vaccine passport, where you have to show a bit of paper to go into a supermarket” woul be implemented by the government, Raab replied, “Well, it’s something that hasn’t been ruled out and it’s under consideration.”
Raab’s claim that the government is still considering a vaccine passport is contrary what vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi declared jsut days ago. He said that any form of vaccine passport would be discriminatory.
“I think mandating vaccinations is discriminatory and completely wrong… and I would urge businesses listening to this debate today not to even think about this” Zahawi said adding that “We have absolutely no plans for vaccine passporting.”
RT reports: Asked on Sky News whether the government was considering such a system, Zahawi claimed, “No, we are not.”
Zahawi explained that the government is not considering domestic vaccine passports because, on top of being discriminatory, they do not stop a fully vaccinated individual from still spreading the virus.
“I think the right thing to do is to make sure that people come forward and be vaccinated because they want to, rather than it being made in some way mandatory through a passport,” he said.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also denied just days ago that the government was working on a domestic vaccine passport, saying the idea was “not on the cards”. Shapps did hint that a vaccine passport system could be used for international travel, however.
Seemingly, the majority of Brits on social media opposed the idea of a domestic passport, calling Raab’s comments “shameful”, “insane”, and “worryingly dystopian”, and questioning which minister was telling the truth.
“How can you seriously consider not letting people into a supermarket based on their vaccine/ health status, literally denying them access to food!”questioned one shocked Brit. “This government has completely lost its mind!”
A petition against the government implementing a Covid-19 vaccine passport system received over 100,000 signatures this week.