Govt Discuss Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Petition

Posted on 17th March, 2021


The “Do not rollout Covid-19 vaccine passports” petition was sent to government:

"The Government must be completely clear to the public about the use of vaccine passports & their intentions, which will undoubtedly affect societal cohesion & effect the economic recovery of Great Britain this year & into 2022" (Full text and online):

This response given by the Cabinet Office on 03 March 2021 (Full text and online):

"The Government is reviewing whether COVID-status certificates could play a role in reopening parts of our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety.

"...  the Prime Minister has said, there are complex ethical issues - and we can't discriminate against people who, for whatever reason, haven't had a vaccine." 


On Monday 15 March, MPs debated vaccine passports, in response to this petition.

Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Mon 15 March):

Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)" (PDF)

Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #VaccinePassportDebate: 


"The debate has been scheduled by the Petitions Committee will be led by Committee member Mike Hill MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a Minister to respond. [The Chair/Mike Hill MP resigned the next day and PDF]


Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers."

On 16 March the Petitions Committee tweeted:

"16 Mar Yesterday @HouseofCommons debated @HoCpetitions petition on Covid-19 "vaccine passports". 


Next week we will be taking evidence on the ethical and legal questions concerning vaccine certification. Tuesday 23 March, at 9.30 am"

The Petitions Team of UK Government and Parliament has also stated in a email:

"The Government will also consider the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects of this approach and what limits, if any, should be placed on organisations using certification ..."


"This petition has over 100,000 signatures [301,626 as of 17 March 21]. The Petitions Committee will consider it for a debate. They can also gather further evidence and press the government for action."


"The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee" 


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