UK authorities could be planning to ban citizens from attending public places such as bars, restaurants, stores, sports stadiums, and theaters unless they can prove that they have received the vaccine for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus or COVID-19.
According to the Daily Mail, the new vaccine minister, Zadhim Zahawi, said that although the vaccine would be voluntary, access to some places would require testing for it.
According to Zahawi, the app “immunity passport” could tell who has taken the test or who has not.
The app is a type of identification that can be scanned using a Department of Social Health and Care (NHS) QR code in public places.
The British health official acknowledged that ministers were seeking to integrate immunity passports with the NHS to verify people have received the vaccine.
The so-called ‘immunity passport’ application has been implemented as a regulatory element to return to “normal” amid the pandemic.
Baroness Dido Harding, head of the NHS Test and Trace, said her team was looking for a way to update the application to include a record of vaccination status.
An early update of the app has been released amid announcements that in the coming weeks, the CCP Virus vaccine will be available after the British government and Moderna biotechnology company signed a vaccine supply agreement.
While Parliamentarian Michael Gove denied that British citizens would need immunity certificates to attend public venues, he did agree the vaccine would be administered far and wide.
“I think the most important thing to do is make sure that we vaccinate as many people as possible,” Gove said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Vaccine Minister Zahawi said the system was a way for people to inform their GP about their vaccination status but confirmed that people would encounter the identification system in bars, cinemas, and sports facilities.
“I think that in many ways the pressure will come from both ways, from service providers who’ll say ‘look, demonstrate to us that you have been vaccinated … But, also, we will make the technology as easy and accessible as possible,” Zahawi said.
During an interview on BBC’s World at One, the minister hinted that the vaccine would eventually become a requirement for everyone when asked if people who did not have it would be too restricted in what they could do.
“I think people have to make a decision,” Zahawi said despite assurances that the vaccine would not be mandatory.
“People have to be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or otherwise.
“But I think the very strong message they will see is that this is how we give back to the whole country, and it’s good for your family, it’s good for your community, it’s good for your country to be vaccinated,” Zahawi added.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen to stay on the sidelines of the decision to implement the “immunity passports.”
During a press conference last week at Downing Street, he pointed out that the system has not yet been tested, and there are many questions about how it works.