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COVID PASSES


We understand businesses have had a tough time, but fairness, rights and equality are more important than safety theatre. Covid passes make no one safer, but seriously harm rights and equality and are turning us into an exclusionary papers-carrying society. When businesses and events are open, they must be open safely and fairly for everyone.

It's critical: if you oppose Covid passes #BOYCOTTCOVIDPASSES.



MPS JOIN CROSS-PARTY PLEDGE OPPOSING COVID PASSES


To date, 11 rights groups, 16 peers and 83 MPs (44 Conservative, 25 Labour, 12 Lib Dems, 1 Green, 1 Ind) have joined the cross-party campaign to oppose Covid-status certificates. MPs and peers from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties have signed a pledge: "We oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of COVID status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs."


Covid passes have been pushed through parliaments across the UK, but we will keep the pressure up on all politicians to scrap them at the earliest opportunity.

If you are a parliamentarian or organisation and you wish to join the list please email info@bigbrotherwatch.org.uk


Name Party
Diane Abbott MP Labour
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP Labour
Tahir Ali MP Labour
Rebecca Long Bailey MP Labour
Clive Lewis MP Labour
Beth Winter MP Labour
Rachel Hopkins MP Labour
Apsana Begum MP Labour
Richard Burgon MP Labour
Ian Byrne MP Labour
Dawn Butler MP Labour
Mary Kelly Foy MP Labour
Ian Lavery MP Labour
Ian Mearns MP Labour
John McDonnell MP Labour
Grahame Morris MP Labour
Kate Osborne MP Labour
Zarah Sultana MP Labour
Claudia Webbe MP Labour
Mick Whitley MP Labour
Nadia Whittome MP Labour
Baroness Chakrabarti Labour
Baroness Bryan of Partick Labour
Lord Woodley Labour
Lord Sikka Labour
Lord Hendy Labour
Emma Lewell-Buck MP Labour
Kim Johnson MP Labour
Baroness Christine Blower Labour
Paula Barker MP Labour
Andrew Gwynne MP Labour
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Ed Davey MP Liberal Democrats
Layla Moran MP Liberal Democrats
Munira Wilson MP Liberal Democrats
Alistair Carmichael MP Liberal Democrats
Daisy Cooper MP Liberal Democrats
Wendy Chamberlain MP Liberal Democrats
Sarah Olney MP Liberal Democrats
Christine Jardine MP Liberal Democrats
Jamie Stone MP Liberal Democrats
Tim Farron MP Liberal Democrats
Wera Hobhouse MP Liberal Democrats
Sarah Green MP Liberal Democrats
Lord Scriven Liberal Democrats
Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrats
Lord Tyler Liberal Democrats
Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrats
Baroness Sarah Ludford Liberal Democrats
Baroness Brinton Liberal Democrats
Mark Harper MP Conservative Party
Steve Baker MP Conservative Party
Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP Conservative Party
Harriett Baldwin MP Conservative Party
Esther McVey MP Conservative Party
Adam Afriyie MP Conservative Party
Bob Blackman MP Conservative Party
Sir Graham Brady MP Conservative Party
Nus Ghani MP Conservative Party
Andrew Mitchell MP Conservative Party
Peter Bone MP Conservative Party
Ben Bradley MP Conservative Party
Andrew Bridgen MP Conservative Party
Paul Bristow MP Conservative Party
Philip Davies MP Conservative Party
Richard Drax MP Conservative Party
Jonathan Djanogly MP Conservative Party
Chris Green MP Conservative Party
Philip Hollobone MP Conservative Party
Adam Holloway MP Conservative Party
David Jones MP Conservative Party
Simon Jupp MP Conservative Party
Andrew Lewer MBE MP Conservative Party
Julian Lewis MP Conservative Party
Karl McCartney MP Conservative Party
Craig Mackinlay MP Conservative Party
Anthony Mangnall MP Conservative Party
Stephen McPartland MP Conservative Party
Anne Marie Morris MP Conservative Party
Sir John Redwood MP Conservative Party
Andrew Rosindell MP Conservative Party
Greg Smith MP Conservative Party
Henry Smith MP Conservative Party
Julian Sturdy MP Conservative Party
Sir Desmond Swayne MP Conservative Party
Sir Robert Syms MP Conservative Party
Craig Tracey MP Conservative Party
Jamie Wallis MP Conservative Party
David Warburton MP Conservative Party
William Wragg MP Conservative Party
Sir Charles Walker MP Conservative Party
David Davis MP Conservative Party
Simon Fell MP Conservative Party
Lord Moylan Conservative Party
Baroness Helena Morrissey Conservative Party
Pauline Latham OBE MP Conservative Party
Caroline Lucas MP Green Party
Baroness Jenny Jones Green Party
The Lord Bishop of St Albans (Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith)
Big Brother Watch
Liberty
Migrants Organise
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
medConfidential
Privacy International
Pregnant Then Screwed
Manifesto Club
The Runnymede Trust
Open Rights Group
Medact


ACCESS DENIED THE CASE AGAINST COVID CERTIFICATION


Click here to read the report

In April 2021, the Government opened a review into the introduction of Covid-status certification. In response we launched a report detailing the case against making Britain a two-tier society.The Government’s review concluded that introducing Covid passes would be “disproportionate”.


FAQs

What is an NHS Covid pass?

An NHS Covid pass is used to gain entry to certain events and venues in England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own apps. It is part of the NHS app and displays a QR code that can be scanned by a venue to allow entry. Two doses of an MHRA approved vaccination, a recent lateral flow of PCR test or an NHS approved medical exemption provides access. A paper version can be printed and used as an alternative.

What if I don’t have a smart phone?

Many people find Covid pass schemes even more onerous and obstructive if they do not have a smart phone. This disproportionately affects older people and people on lower incomes. In theory, people without a smart phone can apply for a paper certificate, which they then have to carry, and which has a time-limited QR code. The process for obtaining a physical certificate varies across the four nations.

Isn’t this just like a driving license?

No, a covid pass is nothing like a driving license. A driving license provides evidence of a qualification. We do not need a qualification merely in order to live.

Isn’t it just like a yellow fever certificate?

No, covid passes are nothing like a yellow card. Unlike yellow fever certificates, the Covid Status Certificate is a population-wide, digital pass for access to domestic businesses, services and events.

Evidence of a yellow fever vaccination is typically a paper document provided for entry to select countries where the local risk of yellow fever – which has a far higher fatality rate than covid-19 – is high.

Should a Covid-19 vaccine pass be required for international travel?

The WHO advises against requirements of proof of Covid-19 vaccination for international travel as a condition of departure or entry, given that there are “critical unknowns” regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission. The WHO states:

“A number of scientific unknowns remain concerning the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines: efficacy in preventing disease and limiting transmission, including for variants of SARS-CoV-2; duration of protection offered by vaccination; timing of booster doses; whether vaccination offers protection against asymptomatic infection; age and population groups that should be prioritized for vaccination, specific contraindications, how long before travel vaccines should be offered; and possible exemption of people who have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.”

Vaccination entry requirements have never been imposed as blanket rules internationally – they should be specific, limited and proportionate to the local context and risks associated with individual countries.

If people could be exempt for medical reasons, what’s the problem with vaccine passports?

You can read all the reasons above on why vaccine passports, even with exemptions, are unnecessary, divisive, discriminatory and wrong.

It’s important to consider that even a covid pass showing an individual is medically exempt would incur a serious privacy intrusion, leading others to deduce that the exempt individual must have health problems or is pregnant. This is not only an invasion of privacy, but could lead to disadvantageous treatment – particularly in an employment context.

Don’t businesses have the right to use vaccine passports if they want to?

Businesses can broadly decide who they do and do not serve. However, if businesses deny services based on vaccine passes, they may be at risk of unlawfully discriminating against people on the basis of protected characteristics (see our section above on discrimination). The Government has a duty to protect people from discrimination too – so if public authorities support checkpoint systems that lead to unlawful discrimination, the Government could be breaching its legal duties too.

Do we need vaccine passports to avoid future lockdowns?

No. Austria has entered into a full lockdown despite its policy of mandatory vaccine passports. Previously, the Austrian government used vaccine passports to impose a lockdown just for the unvaccinated. There is no example, anywhere in the world, where the use of vaccine passports has significantly reduced or eliminated transmission of Covid.

We need serious public health policies, not a reductive ultimatum between life under house arrest or living on tag. Vaccine passports are not a silver bullet solution – in fact, there’s no evidence they are any kind of solution at all. To protect public health and avoid future lockdowns we need free and fair access to vaccines and healthcare, adequate support for infectious people to quarantine, a highly effective test and trace system, and proportionate public safety measures.


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