'Vaccine Passports' to Be Part of Britain's Reopening Plan
Other proposals in the plan expected to be unveiled Monday include frequent mass testing with at-home test kits
MONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A pilot project involving "vaccine passports" will be among the measures included in the British government's plan to fully reopen the economy as it continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other proposals in the plan expected to be unveiled Monday include frequent mass testing with at-home test kits, according to British media. British authorities plan to make the tests available to residents on a twice-weekly basis. Critics, however, have said that the rapid tests, which provide results in about 30 minutes, are flawed and should not be relied on to tame the pandemic.
The proposed vaccine passports, or "coronavirus status certifications," would show whether a person has been vaccinated, recently tested negative for COVID-19, or has natural immunity due to previous infection within the last six months, The Washington Post reported.
However, the measure is likely to be controversial. It would require parliamentary approval, and 70 members of Parliament recently started a campaign to oppose COVID-19 certifications.