Over 126,000 people in the UK have signed a petition calling on their government not to rollout COVID-19 vaccine passports, less than one month from the date it was initiated on 20 January 2021. Typically, the UK parliament debates every petition which receives more than 100,000 signatures. However, on 13 January 2021, the House of Commons agreed a motion put forward by Tory MP and Leader of the House Jacob Rees Mogg which temporarily suspended sittings in Westminster Hall and sitting on Fridays.
“We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public. Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable”, the petition says.
Big Brother Watch: COVID-19 Passports to Move Around the UK is ‘Dangerously Irrational’ and ‘Draconian’
Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch has come out strongly against vaccine passports describing them as an authoritarian and draconian response to the current pandemic.
On 14 February, UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, speaking to LBC radio, implied that requiring people to have a COVID-19 passport in order to enter a supermarket “hasn’t been ruled out”.
Q: Will you need “a domestic vaccine passport to go into a supermarket”?
A: “It’s something that hasn’t been ruled out, it’s under consideration” – @DominicRaab
A dangerously irrational and draconian response from one of the highest offices of state.
— Big Brother Watch (@BigBrotherWatch) February 14, 2021