Global vaccine passports efforts aren’t going so well in the early stages of implementation amid massive protests that swept Europe over the summer.
England has become one of the first countries to completely scrap plans to enforce vaccine passports in the wake of opposition to the draconian measure.
Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed that the country will not move forward with vaccination verification and will instead boost promotional efforts to get as many English residents vaccinated as possible.
“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and while we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
“We shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or because others are doing, and we should look at every possible intervention properly,” Javid said, explaining that health officials never believed it was right to implement vaccine passports.
The health secretary said he “never liked the idea of saying to people ‘you must show your papers’” to “do what is just an everyday activity,” he added.
“We’ve looked at it properly and, whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” Javid continued.
In an interview the week prior, Javid said the government wants to “get rid” of PCR tests for travel as well.
Although he is “not anticipating” any more lockdowns, he clarified that he believes it would be “irresponsible” to rule them out.
England is the first major Western country to eliminate this tyrannical COVID-19 measure. Other nations that have removed restrictions include Denmark, as well as multiple other small countries.
Hopefully, the United States is next in line to halt implementation of vaccine mandates and lift existing restrictions.