Labor peer Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, a member of a bipartisan group of politicians warning against the introduction of vaccination cards, has described their possible use as an “instrument of discrimination, repression and bullying”.
The former attorney general told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “It’s dangerous, discriminatory, counterproductive.
“It seems to me and to many others that, on the one hand, it is unlikely to be safe to open up the economy if this level of interference in our lives were proportionate.
“On the other hand, if it is safe to open up the economy, to get out of this deadlock and crisis that we have lived under, if it is safe to do so, why create this tool of discrimination, oppression and bullying? ? “
Baroness Chakrabarti said that participation in local community life is a “fundamental right” when arguing against the introduction of vaccination certificates.
She said, “It’s counterproductive because we have one of the highest levels of confidence in vaccine intake.
“Even in the UK, history shows that when you introduce an element of coercion into public health interventions like vaccination or symptomatic testing, you are actually promoting resistance and skepticism among the population.
“It is one thing to have a passport to travel internationally, it is a privilege, even a luxury, but participation in local community life is a fundamental right.”