I am pleased to share with you my thoughts on the Covid 'passport'. The concept of a form of ID for use in day to day life to prove if you have had a vaccination, I do not accept.
I think it would be inappropriate and an unnecessary infringement and we have to be very careful about where such measures could lead. I feel that they are divisive and could create a two tier society which is not something that I want to see.
The Government is looking at a type of Covid status certification. It involves using Covid testing or vaccination information to confirm the risk of an individual spreading the virus to others. I am particularly interested to know about this and I am pleased that the Government will bring this decision to the House of Commons.
There are, however, environments where there are considerable risks to large numbers of people and especially vulnerable people that have to be managed. A care home is a good example of this. But there are also other environments such as the theatre, or a football stadium where we will have to decide what risk we are willing to accept to allow these gatherings to return in the way that they were before the pandemic. I have not yet been presented with any information from the Government about this risk nor how the vaccine goes to mitigate it, especially in environments with a lot of people in close proximity and I wait to hear what that information is in order for me to determine whether there are any circumstances at all, where confirmation of vaccine or a negative Covid test are deemed appropriate – but I don’t see this to be a ‘passport’ at this stage.