England ‘can’t rule out’ following Wales on Covid passes, Sajid Javid says
England’s Health Secretary has said that they could follow Wales and introduce Covid passes.
Sajid Javid was responding to questions over whether over 65s could be barred from going to cafés, restaurants and on long-distance trains if they can’t show they have had a booster jab or a recent negative test.
Asked by Sky News whether there was plans for Covid passes for that age group, he said: “I can’t rule that out. We know now that the vaccines do wane and it’s important that, where it’s necessary, that those people get a top up. I think it’s something we have to keep under review.”
The Senedd in Wales voted last night to ensure that people in Wales will have to show a COVID pass to enter cinemas, theatres and concerts from 15 November.
Labour and Plaid Cymru voted for the move, while the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats opposed it.
The Conservatives in Wales have adamantly opposed the Covid passes from the start, saying they had “numerous ethical and equality issues”.
Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said that the Labour Government had failed to provide any evidence that vaccine passports limit the spread of the virus or increase uptake of the vaccine.
“Meanwhile, the loophole of using self-certified tests is simply non-sensical as they can easily be circumvented,” he said.
“Given this, there nothing to support the assertion that vaccine passports in any way meet their objective. Therefore, the First Minister should drop them altogether, let alone his threat to expand them, especially in light of falling case numbers.
“Should Mark Drakeford pursue this damaging path, then I urge all MSs, of whatever party, to do their duty and block this bad law.”