Law and religion round-up – 26th September

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Vaccine passports: England

On Thursday 23 September, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office was asked “[w]ith reference to his Department’s COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, if [it] will publish scientific evidence in support of the efficacy of mandatory vaccine passports. Nigel Adams, Minister without Portfolio, replied, inter alia:

“The autumn and winter plan published this month set out the Government’s position, which is that we will keep mandatory certification in reserve in case it is required to help prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS and to enable venues to remain open more safely.”

Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) (LD) observed:

“The Government have had no fewer than 13 different positions in relation to vaccine passports. They have said “yes” three times, “no” four times, and “maybe” or “we are having a review” six times. Rather than just asserting that the evidence is there, will the Minister commit himself to publishing it?”

On the views in Scotland and Wales, the Minister commented: “We work closely with the devolved Administrations because there must be a four-nations approach to this”. Continue reading