British Government Contracts Firms To Make COVID “Freedom Passports”
The British government has contracted two firms to develop COIVD ‘freedom passports’, that would be used to segregate society between those who have been tested or vaccinated against COVID and those who have not.
While the government is still saying that it will not introduce such a system, the firms have been given instructions to develop an app based system to integrate a QR code linking to a digital passport.
The QR code would be used to gain entry into pubs, clubs, venues, cinemas, basically anywhere in public.
“After scanning in the code, the venue could refuse entry to those without a recent negative result,” the Daily Mail notes.
The ‘negative Covid-19 test certification’ plans were discovered on the UK Government’s contracts finder.
The site shows that in November a £42,000 contract was awarded to a company called Netcompany UK to develop a ‘Covid-19 Certification/Passport MVP’ (minimum viable product’).
Another contract for £34,000 was awarded to Hub Company to develop an app that would include a personal QR code for COVID tests.
“It is about looking at ways we could use this in future,’ a Deprtment of Health source claimed, adding “It is looking at whether it would be possible.”
We previously reported, back in November, on the government’s active plans to develop a QR code system to use as an ‘immunity passport’.
The report, stemming from sources close to the government, noted that “Those who refuse to get the Covid-19 jab would likely be refused entry to venues, as part of the same proposals.”
Other reports have suggested that an app already used prominently in the UK by people to book doctor and hospital appointments could implement a vaccination status section that will show whether a person has taken the coronavirus jab or not, and that businesses may use it to refuse entry to those who have not.
Government officials have previously signalled that the system could be integrated with the much maligned NHS ‘track and trace’ app.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has repeatedly refused to rule out making vaccination mandatory for all UK citizens, previously announced that ‘immunity passports’ could be rolled out for those who have antibodies against the virus, allowing them to participate in society.
The system would be similar in nature to that being considered by Ticketmaster, who it was revealed are considering making customers prove they’ve had the vaccine or a negative coronavirus test before allowing them to purchase tickets.
Ticketmaster later clarified that a final decision on such measures would be up to event organizers but that they were still mulling over the implementation of the system.
The spectre of so called ‘immunity passports’ stretches beyond Britain. Recently, the government in Ontario, Canada admitted that it is exploring ‘immunity passports’ in conjunction with restrictions on travel and access to social venues for the unvaccinated.
Last week, Israel announced that citizens who get the COVID-19 vaccine will be given ‘green passports’ that will enable them to attend venues and eat at restaurants.
Sam Grant, campaign manager at the civili liberties advocacy group Liberty has warned that “any form of immunity passport risks creating a two-tier system in which some of us have access to freedoms and support while others are shut out.”
“These systems could result in people who don’t have immunity potentially being blocked from essential public services, work or housing – with the most marginalised among us hardest hit,” Grant further warned.
“This has wider implications too because any form of immunity passport could pave the way for a full ID system – an idea which has repeatedly been rejected as incompatible with building a rights-respecting society,” Grant further urged.
While some see the idea of ‘immunity passports’ as antithetical to a free society, others support travel bans for the unvaccinated, and are begging for the health passes to be implemented:
To get things back to normal? Once you introduce a vaccine passport, nothing is normal ever again. End of story.
— Esty (@EstyHammond) December 1, 2020
In March, we took away all of your ability to live a normal life. but if you take this vaccine that we rushed through, you can have a passport to do what you used to, we’ll give you your rights back, which belonged to you anyway…
— Daljeet (@dsbahia1) December 1, 2020
It’s authoritarian but we should definitely do the vaccine passport thing. No way should anti vax weirdos be putting normal people are risk.
Of course people with valid exemptions won’t need one but I imagine they will be few.
— 🇧🇷 (@2limN3ddy) December 9, 2020
I would be happy to have something added to my passport that says I had any vaccine needed including Covid and I would feel safer if I knew the stranger sitting next to me on a plane, train or bus was not going to infect me. Personal view and not getting at you or others 🤔
— Richard Paige (@rickypaige121) December 7, 2020
Why should people go back to sporting events if they know many people could be infected? If you ask for a health passport, we would all feel safer. Just like we feel safer because it is illegal for other drivers to drive without a license. Make them get a license and a vaccine
— Abundance (@Abundan82574892) September 23, 2020
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