No plans for a vaccine passport in Wales, says PM

The Welsh government has “no plans” to introduce compulsory vaccination certificates for sites, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said.

At a press conference on Friday to announce that Wales will move to level 0 alert from Saturday, Mr Drakeford said he would continue to ‘assess’ whether the so-called vaccine passports are needed .

Speaking from the Senedd in Cardiff, he said: “There is a distinction between the places you have to visit – and I wouldn’t have vaccine passports for those places – and the places we go voluntarily.

“There are also ethical considerations and there are equity considerations.

“You have to think about the people who cannot be vaccinated, not just the people who choose not to be vaccinated.

“You have to ask yourself if the very considerable apparatus that should be in place there to make sure that these vaccine certificates could be produced, that they could not be produced fraudulently, that they could be properly controlled in these places.

“All of these things would have to be weighed before deciding whether or not this was a measure that had more advantages than disadvantages.”

Vaccination certificates for anyone who has received both doses are available to anyone in the UK, including Wales, through the NHS app or website.

A person claiming to be double-bitten may produce a domestic or travel “pass”.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said Covid passports are not required in Wales at present (PA)

However, neither is required for entry to sites in Wales.

In England, ministers plan to make law in “high-risk” environments so that visitors have to produce the NHS Covid Pass. This should be in place by the end of September – when all 18-year-olds have had a chance to be fully immunized.

“We are certainly not at this stage here in Wales and we will not be, I think, for several weeks. But we will weigh it,” added Mr Drakeford.

‘If we thought this was a practical and proportionate way to protect the people of Wales from the coronavirus then the case would likely be justified, but it’s a pretty high threshold to hit even in these voluntary settings. “

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