Just a day after health secretary Sajid Javid claimed that vaccine passports had been fully withdrawn, the UK government has reiterated that they will remain an important instrument in the fight against Covid-19.
During his media rounds yesterday morning, Javid said that vaccine passports represented a “huge intrusion into people’s lives,” adding, “I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead.”
However, within 24 hours, the government has indicated that the system will in fact form a “first-line defence” against a winter wave of coronavirus.
“No 10 said checks on the vaccine status of people going to nightclubs and other crowded events remained a crucial part of the government’s winter Covid plan due to be unveiled by the prime minister tomorrow,” reports the Times.
It appears as though the only change is that the passports won’t be introduced at the end of this month, appearing instead during early winter when COVID cases will inevitably and conveniently begin to rise again.