DO WE need to petition against mandatory vaccination passports? The government has yet to rule them out despite the assurances given in the debate in Parliament (December 14) on vaccination following an earlier petition which, inter alia, raised the question of how the Pfizer vaccine affected women’s fertility.
I reported a week later on TCW that Michael Gove’s subsequent reassurance was but a half truth. Equally opaque was his colleague Nadhim Zahawi’s statement that they were ‘only looking at the technology’. It later transpired that a government contract had been been awarded to develop a Covid Certification/Passport.
After that posting, a diligent TCW reader got in touch to let me know he had emailed Zahawi three times about this, never to get a reply.
So he turned to his own MP, Dominic Raab, whose senior caseworker Ian Riley assured him that vaccination passports and the vaccination itself will not be mandatory, and directing him for confirmation to Full Fact, ‘a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners’.
Why Full Fact would know better than the Government the status of their thinking on Covid passports is hard to compute.
There are further questions to which our reader did not succeed in getting a reply:
· Will it be mandatory to have the passport app installed on one’s smartphone?
· What about those who do not have smartphones?
· Will people be coerced to own a smartphone and have the app, even if they don’t want to, to function in society?
Signing the new petition against vaccine passports seems like a smart idea. You can do it here.
Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.