Boris Johnson faces growing backlash over Covid passports
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A prominent Conservative party member said on Sunday that Parliament must be recalled from recess if the British government is to introduce vaccine passports, as the government faces a growing backlash against domestic use of a Covid-19 certificate.
Andrew Bridgen, who was among the Through a group of parliamentarians Those who vowed to oppose domestic use of vaccine passports earlier this year accused the government of “trying to forcefully coerce young people” into vaccinations.
The MP from North West Leicestershire told LBC: “I think if the government is serious about the threat to bring in local vaccine passports, then of course Parliament should be called.” This is a very serious violation of people’s freedoms. It is fundamentally unprecedented in this country, and I and a number of colleagues will oppose it.”
Bridgen described vaccine passports as a “blunt tool” and warned that any parliamentary vote would lead to an “embarrassing defeat” for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The government has said it plans to introduce vaccine passports into nightclubs by the end of September, as speculation grows that the technology could be used in sports stadiums, universities and other venues.
The legislation is due to be voted on once Parliament returns from summer recess on September 6, with dozens of Conservative MPs set to oppose the government on the issue.
Some Conservative MPs, including the deputy chair of the Covid Recovery Group, Steve Baker, have threatened to boycott the Conservative Party conference later in the fall if passports are required for entry.
Ministers have acknowledged that introducing vaccination passports into nightclubs is a policy aimed at raising vaccination rates among young Britons. While 88 per cent of all adults have received a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, only 66 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 in England have received a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Satisfaction with the COVID threat to youth, concerns about safety, and mixed messages about the benefits of vaccines Deter young people from going ahead with the jab.
As part of a series of government-backed initiatives aimed at boosting uptake, Uber, Deliveroo and Bolt have pledged to offer discounts to customers who get the vaccine.
according to Latest government dataOn Sunday, 24,470 new infections were recorded, down slightly from Saturday, which saw 26,144 infections across the UK.
The success of the vaccine rollout in the UK prompted Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to express his concerns about the pace of lifting international travel restrictions.
According to a report in Sunday times, Sunak wrote to Johnson to warn him of the economic impact of travel restrictions on sectors such as tourism and hospitality. He argued that border bases risk putting the country “out of line” with its international rivals.
The government is expected to provide an update to the traffic light travel list on Thursday. Ministers are set to assess the latest coronavirus data from the Joint Biosecurity Center early this week.
Under current rules, people who received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine have returned to England from Amber List Countries Like Italy you don’t have to quarantine. Returnees from Red List countries are required to undergo multiple coronavirus tests and remain in hotel quarantine.
Under A new directive was released last week Set to come into effect on Monday, foreign travelers from countries on the Amber List who have been fully vaccinated in the European Union and the United States with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or the US Food and Drug Administration will be able to enter England, Scotland and Wales without being quarantined.