Well, there’s a surprise: the Government’s policy on ‘vaccine passports’ is in disarray.
Yesterday, it was reported that lawyers for the Department of Health, which had promised to make proof of Covid vaccination mandatory for anyone going to a nightclub, had written to an unhappy provider of such entertainment, telling them that ‘No final policy decision has yet been taken’.
But in response to this story, Downing Street insisted that the Government was still ‘planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs’. This continues the confusion which has been going on for months.
In February, the vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that ‘vaccine passports’ would not be introduced because they were ‘discriminatory’. But by summer, Zahawi warned they could become mandatory not just in nightclubs but also in ‘theatres, cinemas, concert halls and sports stadiums’.
If the Government is now backing away from this, the reason can be seen most clearly in research published last week by the University of Oxford.
This showed that of those double vaccinated who had still contracted Covid, the viral ‘load’ was the same as in those unvaccinated who had got the disease.