On Thursday, July 22, during his presentation to the UK House of Commons, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that the government will seek to implement the use of a vaccination passport to gain access to some activities.

During his presentation he also reported that they are looking at administering an annual booster of the COVID or CCP Virus vaccine.

“The operational plan is to go early—in early September—for both the covid boost and the flu campaign. However, he will know that flu is not in the covid category in that it is endemic. We are hoping to transition covid towards where flu is with an annual vaccination programme, but it is a very different virus to deal with.”

Regarding the vaccine passport, he said that it will be required, starting in September, to enter for example nightclubs and that a negative test for COVID or one for natural immunity will not be sufficient to gain entry.

He also mentioned the recent launch of the NHS (National Health Service) digital COVID Pass, which is used to prove one’s COVID status, whether by vaccination, negative test, or natural immunity.

He also confirmed that by the end of September they expect to make vaccination a requirement to enter places where there are many people and a long period of interaction, as reported by Breitbart

He added that until the implementation of this vaccine passport, the COVID Pass, will be necessary to access these places and that with this action they seek to slow down the spread of the virus.

These words of Zahawi come at a time when the government is receiving strong opposition to these measures it seeks to implement, both from opponents and conservatives.

While on July 13 the mandatory vaccination for health personnel was approved in Congress, the idea of a nationwide vaccine passport could be considered.

As reported by Breitbart News, this initiative is facing much opposition in the House of Commons. More than 40 Conservative MPs said they would vote against this government initiative.

These Conservatives will be joined by the opposition Labor Party, which announced that it will oppose the use of an individual’s vaccination status to access places and services. 

In turn, the Liberal Democrats called for a “united front against these illiberal and unworkable proposals” and for a “national campaign through the summer to convince the government to change course.”

The idea of governments implementing vaccination passports is generating a lot of opposition from citizens in different countries. 

On July 12, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced that all healthcare personnel will be required to be vaccinated and that citizens will have to present a vaccination health pass to access various public areas. A negative result will be required for those who have not been vaccinated.

In response to this announcement, the French people took to the streets to show their disapproval and on July 14 began a series of demonstrations that went on for several days.