The introduction of vaccination records would be a “nightmare” and would require “tremendous scrutiny,” warned one expert.
Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told Times Radio Monday that while they are generally a good thing to make people feel a little safer and more people being vaccinated, ” enormous control ”.
He said, “I find it difficult to have a vaccination record conversation and I have had quite a lot of those discussions about the policy advice level without going into detail because who of us would not believe that vaccination record is in general , a good thing when people felt a bit safer and more people got vaccinated and we were more secure about it?
“And yet there is a sentence or two in the discussion that has got you stuck with the devil, in the details, and there are a lot of disruptive factors that could make very, very bad laws.”
When asked whether vaccination records require new laws that may be difficult to formulate correctly, Prof. Altmann added: “I think the detail is an absolute nightmare and, without being pedantic or negative, requires enormous scrutiny.”
His comments come when Shadow Cabinet Secretary Rachel Reeves said the Labor Party had “many reservations” about the use of vaccination records in the UK.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We have an amazing uptake of the vaccine, which is being introduced with incredible success by the NHS. I’m not entirely clear that we need a sledgehammer here to crack a nut.
“So we’ll see what the government brings up and what the reasons are. We’ll stay open, but right now we have a lot of reservations about what the government might propose.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to chair a virtual meeting of the Covid O committee before briefing the entire cabinet of the arrangements for the final phase of the unblocks, which will reopen non-essential stores in England from April 12th.
He will then be setting out the details at a press conference on Downing Street, where he is expected to say more about plans for Covid certificates for mass gatherings from sporting events to nightclubs.
Health Minister Edward Argar denied that the government had changed its mind about the use of so-called vaccination cards, with Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi previously calling them discriminatory.
When asked at the BBC breakfast if the government has changed its mind, Mr Argar said, “I don’t think it is at all.
“I think it’s right that we look at this and see if there is a way that, while balancing all of these practical, ethical, and fair considerations, will in the short term expedite our reopening of the country and doing the things again we love? “
According to the government’s timetable, pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors starting next week, while hairdressers, nail salons, gyms and libraries, and non-essential retail stores, may reopen.
While MPs are relieved at the prospect of the economy reopening, some are concerned about the proposals for the “Covid Status Certification” system known as “vaccine passports”.
More than 40 Tory MPs have signed a bipartisan letter against vaccination passports, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has labeled them “un-British,” increasing the prospect of a possible defeat for the government if – as expected – a Commons- Voting takes place.
Ministers insist that the certificates – which could be a cell phone app or a paper document – are never needed for essential services such as supermarkets, public transport or general practitioners’ offices.
Also, at least initially, they won’t need to go to pubs or restaurants when they start serving again.
The government plans to try a number of events over the coming weeks, including the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield and the culmination of the FA Cup Final on May 15 at Wembley.
Initially, no certificates are used, although viewers must be tested for Covid-19 before and after the event.
Mr Johnson will also use the press conference – one year to the day he was hospitalized with Covid-19 – to provide more details on easing international travel restrictions.
While the ban on foreign travel from England won’t be lifted until May 17, Downing Street has announced that if the rules are relaxed, there will be a risk-based traffic light system with red, amber and green ratings for countries around the world.
Travelers arriving from green rated countries do not need to isolate themselves, although pre- and post-departure testing is still required.
For those classified as amber or red, the restrictions remain unchanged. Arrivals must be isolated or quarantined.
Officials have made it clear that there will be no announcement this week as to which country is on which list – a decision criticized by tourism industry leaders.
Mr Argar said the Prime Minister would try to give “as much foresight and as few surprises as possible” about the possibility of international travel this year during his press conference on Monday.
Meanwhile, the government has also announced that it will offer free cross-flow tests to everyone in England twice a week starting Friday, which can give results in about 30 minutes.
Hairdressers and hairdressers in Scotland can reopen from Monday, a week earlier than in England.
Some non-essential stores may also reopen, including garden centers and homeware stores, while college students and college students may return to face-to-face tuition and outdoor contact sports for teens 12-17 years old may resume.