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Vaccine passports to visit the pub? Sense, gentlemen, please

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AS IF this country wasn’t totalitarian enough, Boris Johnson and his merry band of Stasi are considering whether to introduce measures by which pubs would ask customers for proof of being vaccinated against Covid. 

Notwithstanding the fact that such a measure could break multiple human rights and discrimination laws, a ruling on our fundamental rights could quite easily be put through using the shockingly unaccountable Coronavirus Act, where laws can pass with little to no debate or scrutiny.

Much of the onus of this idea would fall on young people who have not been offered the vaccine and who have been struggling through the lockdown period, especially with constant interruptions to their education, but this kind of ruling would affect all of us. While many have been blithely queueing for their Soylent Green, there are also an awful lot of people who have serious, and unanswered, questions about this vaccine, and who are therefore reluctant to take it.

And why should they? As Vladimir Putin recently said, taking the vaccine should be everyone’s personal decision, and he’s right. Why should we be demonised or treated like a different class of citizen if we refuse a vaccine that to all intents and purposes we don’t need? This virus, after all, is dangerous only if you are over a certain age or are suffering from a serious illness which Covid would exacerbate. For the majority of the population, getting Covid would make you feel ill for a few days and arm your immune system so if it’s attacked again, your body is prepared for it. Note to those not listening at the back of the class – that’s what immune systems do.

And what do vaccination passports say about the efficacy of the vaccine? According to the government and the mainstream press, if you have the vaccine, you can still catch and pass on the virus so what’s the point in it? That if you do catch it, your symptoms will be less? If I, an unvaccinated man with no health issues, popped into the pub and someone there had the virus, I could catch it – but so could the vaccinated patrons also there. It makes absolutely no difference whether you’ve had it or not.

This ‘suggestion’ isn’t a health issue. It’s yet another restriction on the inalienable rights that every citizen of this country enjoyed pre-hysteria. It’s another way for the Government to flex its muscles and show the country who is in charge. And I think it will make little difference. I doubt if most pubs would want to alienate their patrons, certainly after a year in which they’ve repeatedly been forced to stop-start, losing God knows how much income. If this measure is introduced, I hope the pub/restaurant/hospitality trade kick it to the kerb and at the next election, I hope the electorate boots this authoritarian government into oblivion. Conservative my eye.  

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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