England will phase out vaccine passes

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Published 14 January 2022 at 23.13

Abroad. “The vaccine passport system will no longer be applied in the UK after January 26,” said British Health Minister Sajid Javid on Friday. Facebook

In mid-December, a system of so-called vaccine passes, or covid passes, was introduced in England. The move was controversial – 100 Conservative MPs opposed their own party and voted no when the issue was discussed in the lower house. & Nbsp; The proposal still went through because it was supported by the Labor Party.

But now it looks like the vaccine pass will be short-lived. Britain's health minister Sajid Javid said on Friday that the vaccine passport system would be phased out. This is stated by several British newspapers, including The Times and the Daily Mail.

The fact that the vaccine passes are no longer needed was justified by the Minister of Health with the omicron variant of covid-19 being said to be in decline. The reported cases of people who tested positive for covid-19 have dropped by 40 percent in the past week.

No formal decision to abolish vaccine passports has yet been made. The issue will be addressed by the government at a meeting on January 26.

In England, vaccine passes are currently required to visit, among other things, nightclubs and indoor events with more than 500 participants.

Rules Vaccine passports apply not only in England but also in the rest of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether the passports will remain in those parts is decided locally and is currently unclear.