More than 220,000 Britons are against the Covid vaccination passport, Breitbart reports. Hundreds of thousands of people signed an online petition asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to introduce vaccination passports in the UK. The large number of signatories forces the Parliament to debate it.
The documents could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a vaccine, the petitioners say. Vaccination is not mandatory, therefore, passports are useless, they say.
Boris Johnson says the government cannot be discriminatory. “We cannot discriminate against people who, for whatever reason, cannot have the vaccine. Other countries will insist on vaccine passports, “said the British prime minister.
Angela Merkel has already announced at the European Council that the Union intends to introduce vaccination passports by the summer.
On 25 and 26 February 2021, members of the European Council have met via videoconference system, to discuss the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, including preparation for the threats to health, security and defense, as well as the relations with the southern members, informs website www.consilium.europa.eu.
At the meeting, the proposals of some states for a vaccination passport was discussed again.
At the end of the first day, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that “we are optimistic about our ability to achieve our goal” of vaccinating 70% of the EU population (225 million people on vaccination passports); Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “I am delighted that there is widespread support for the idea of a ‘green passport’, it now remains to be created as soon as possible.” Bulgaria advocated for a certificate allowing travel and access to restaurants for vaccinated people, but also for those who are considered “immunized” after contracting the virus.
Finally, European leaders have entrusted the Commission with the task of developing the technical conditions for a vaccination certificate, most likely in digital format, which will take at least three months. The announcement was made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, who said on Thursday that it would take about three months to create a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.