Sunday, September 26, 2021

The government provides vaccine passports for UK nightclubs

The British government is advancing a plan to compulsory vaccination passports in British nightclubs starting in the fall.

Under pressure from politicians and the industry, there are speculations that the government will abandon the plan.

But on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson stated that the government’s plan is still valid.

He said: “We have broadly stated our intention to vaccinate in nightclubs and other venues, and we will provide details in the coming weeks.”

The plan was first announced in July by Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who said that a negative test for COVID-19 will soon be “no longer enough.”

The only current government requirement for vaccination status is to impose stricter quarantine regulations on unvaccinated travelers returning from certain countries. However, starting from November 11, nursing home staff will need to provide proof of double vaccination or face dismissal.

The nightclub vaccine certificate will take effect in September before this.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed David, said his party would oppose the plan, which the Labour Party previously described as “costly, prone to fraud, and…impractical”.

“As predicted, the government has reheated their Covid ID card program,” David wrote on Twitter.

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On July 16, 2021, as part of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the staff of the Piano Works Club is preparing to reopen in Faringdon, London. (Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press photo)

Sacha Lord, a consultant for the nightlife industry in Greater Manchester, said that the passport would cause “huge damage” to what he described as an already troubled industry.

“This will not only encourage a surge in indoor family gatherings, but it may also be less safe in terms of safety and monitoring alcohol consumption,” he told Business Live, “But the current guidelines are very open for which operators need to perform inspections.

“For example, why is an open nightclub with an outdoor terrace classified as less secure than a closed 1,000-person office, and the current wording is “large gatherings”. Does this include weddings, churches, and even councils?”

It is not clear whether Labor’s criticism of the plan will translate into whipping members to vote against the plan.

If this is the case, it may be difficult for the government to win enough votes. 43 Conservative Party MPs previously signed a statement against vaccine passports.

During the summer parliament adjournment, legislators’ interest in such passports may weaken further as the dire predictions of the virus surge have not materialized, and as more data emerges on the limitations of vaccines in preventing infection.

Studies have shown that double-vaccinated people are approximately three times less likely to be infected with the Delta variant. However, once infected, they are unlikely to pass it on to other people.

A study published today shows that 85% of people aged 16 to 24 in England have antibodies against the virus, whether it is a vaccine or natural immunity.

The government is accused of shelving the prospect of vaccine certificates in order to promote more young people to vaccinate against the Chinese Communist virus.

However, a study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that this carrot and stick reason may not be valid.

Among those who have received only one dose of the vaccine, nearly 90% said that if the passport program is introduced, they will more or less not get the second dose.

However, of the remaining people who said the plan would change their minds, two-thirds said it would make them less likely to make a second jab.

The lead author of the study told the Guardian that these percentages become important when expanded to the entire population.

PA contributed to this report.

Simon Wiese

Simon Wiese

Freelance journalist

Simon Veazey is a British journalist who has been reporting various beats for The Epoch Times since 2006, from in-depth coverage of British and European politics to web-based breaking news writing.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

The government provides vaccine passports for UK nightclubs
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