MP Derek Thomas opposes ‘divisive’ vaccine passports


A local MP opposed the introduction of mandatory passports for the Covid vaccine and called the decision to apply them a “divisive source”.

Derek Thomas, MP for West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (St Ives), has openly opposed the latest government-imposed Covid rules, which require people to show Covid vaccine passports at nightclubs and large venues across England.

Last Friday (December 10), Derek Thomas was photographed alongside some of his constituents outside his office in Penzance and holding a sign reading “no vaccine passport”.

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The meeting was organized between Mr Thomas and some of his constituents who expressed concerns about the introduction of compulsory vaccine passports in England.

Sarah Waters, who is part of the Penwith Community Awareness Network, explained that the meeting was organized so that residents could understand Derek Thomas’ position on vaccine passports.

She said: “MPs are supposed to vote on introducing mandatory vaccine passports today (Wednesday 14) and it looks like our lives are in their hands. We wanted to encourage Derek Thomas not to vote for them and to understand. his stance on them because he’s already been very open with locals about opposing vaccine passports, we wanted to see if he would vote against them.

“So many people asked to meet him and he told them to come at 9 am. There were about 50 of us there and we couldn’t get into his office, so we ended up outside. the world didn’t want to be photographed, but Derek Thomas agreed to be photographed holding the sign so he could show he is against the introduction of vaccine passports. “

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Sarah added that she thinks it is important to understand her local MP’s perspective on vaccine passports, as she thinks it is “unfair” to make them mandatory for those who have chosen not to. get vaccinated for any reason.

“I think they will affect the companies that have to enforce them and create a division because people should have the choice of whether or not they want the vaccine and shouldn’t feel pressured to get it because of it,” he said. she declared.

Referring to his position on the introduction of vaccine passports, Mr Thomas said that while recognizing the importance of the booster vaccination program, the government should not “force people” into a situation where they are ” regulated by companies “.

He told CornwallLive: “I never thought that a Conservative government would come up with such a divisive idea. As the Prime Minister pointed out on Sunday, government scientists believe our best line of defense is the The government’s job is to work to encourage and reassure NHS staff and others to take the jab not to force people into a situation where they quit their jobs or are “controlled” by business owners. many sectors, we already have a demotivated and exhausted workforce and we cannot afford to lose more staff.

“The Covid pandemic dominates the agenda, but I hope that at Christmas all parliamentarians and the government will remember the other things that people live with, like the rising cost of living, the limited access to health and care services, losses and rising costs facing businesses, shortages of housing that people can afford, loneliness and isolation.

What are the new rules for Covid passports in England?

An NHS COVID Pass displays the details of your Covid vaccination or the results of your tests. Previously, people could be asked to show their pass when traveling abroad or at events and locations in England by requesting proof of their Covid status, but now nightclubs and large venues have also been added to the list.

Subject to MPs’ approval, from tomorrow (Wednesday December 15), people in England will need to use the NHS Covid Pass to access:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor rooms without seats for more than 500 people
  • Non-seated outdoor rooms with more than 4,000 people
  • Any place with more than 10,000 people

People who are not fully vaccinated may show evidence of a negative lateral flow test from the previous 48 hours instead.

This can be done with a NHS Covid Pass, or some other way to show a negative test, such as a text message or an NHS email.

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