COVID-19: UK won’t allow people to crowds after vaccinated
COVID-19: UK won’t allow people to crowds after vaccinated. Can people go to restaurants or bars after getting the COVID-19 vaccine? The British government does not agree to issue a “exempt passports”
There have been recent reports that once the COVID-19 vaccine is available in the UK, crowds such as restaurants, bars, and stadiums will refuse to open to people who have not been vaccinated. The British government emphasizes that it will not issue so-called “exempt passports” to vaccinated people.
The UK has ordered seven coronavirus vaccines in advance for a total of 357 million doses. The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved for marketing by the UK Drug Administration. Before the launch of the mass vaccination campaign, there is a question that cannot be ignored, that is, whether those who are waiting for vaccination or who refuse to be vaccinated will be more restricted in their daily lives than those who have already been vaccinated.
On Monday, Nadhim Zahawi, the new British official responsible for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, suggested that hotels, entertainment and sports venues require consumers to provide proof of vaccination, otherwise they can refuse service. This is a voluntary act of various companies, but it is also the best way to restore the entire country to normal, bringing benefits to everyone’s family, community, and even the entire country.
Of course, this proposal also caused a series of concerns. Vaccination of the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK is originally a voluntary act, but in order to continue to live a normal life, people will be required to be vaccinated.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock said frankly that Britain has been paying attention to this issue for a long time. How to promote at the government level, what impact it has on each individual, and so on, need to be discussed in depth.
The official spokesperson of the British Prime Minister said that the UK has no plans to introduce or require so-called “passport exemptions” to deny people who have not been vaccinated to use public places. Our plan is to vaccinate all people in need, give priority to those with the greatest clinical needs, and ensure the highest possible utilization rate, without any intention to treat them differently.
The Minister of the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom, Michael Gove, also expressed opposition, saying that what we want to do is to effectively launch the vaccine, not to go further. Individual companies may be able to decide who to accept, but the most important thing at this stage is to ensure that the vaccine is marketed as much as possible.
Dr. Ana Beduschi of the University of Exeter School of Law said that unless everyone has access to vaccination opportunities, any large-scale promotion of “passport exemption” may lead to social division, infringement of individual equality, and discrimination. The vaccine exemption passport has been condemned by bioethicists for a long time, and people are worried about the long-term abuse of medical privacy and similar measures.
One point of particular concern is that when vaccines have not yet reached the conditions that they can be widely used, discussing how to treat them differently will strongly encourage the anti-vaccine movement.