Minister Rules Out Vaccine Passports In UK

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

7 Feb 2021

Plans to have “vaccine passports” which would of allowed people who have had the jab against coronavirus to travel abroad have been ruled out by the government.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show: “No, we’re not. 

“There are several reasons why we’re not doing that. One vaccines are not mandated in this country, as Boris Johnson has quite rightly reminded parliament that’s not how we do things in the UK, we do them by consent.”

The news comes as a blow to Greece who previously suggested they would potentially waive Covid quarantine restrictions for UK nationals who could prove they have been vaccinated.

Though Mr Zahawi said “that’s not how we do things in the UK” not all MP’s agree with his sentiment. Ed Miliband, the shadow business secretary claimed the vaccine passports “may be necessary” appealing to the government to be “open” to the idea.

“We should be open to this but there are complications to do this vaccine passport. Is it just for international travel? Is it for as you go about your business in your society?

“We still don’t have a quarantine system in place. We still don’t have a plan for a comprehensive quarantine system, so let’s proceed a step at a time, and of course, look at the vaccine passport – but let’s get the quarantine right and let’s get the rollout right too.”