Grant Shapps insists requiring staff to be double-jabbed before return to office is a ‘good idea’ as Boris Johnson faces growing Tory revolt over ‘discriminatory’ vaccine passport plans
- Boris Johnson is facing a mounting revolt from Tory MPs over vaccine passports
- Some Tory figures believe requiring proof of jab domestically is ‘discriminatory’
- Came as Grant Shapps said requiring workers to be double-jabbed is ‘good idea’
today said requiring staff to be double-jabbed before they can return to the office is a ‘good idea’ as Boris Johnson faces a mounting Tory revolt over his plans to use vaccine passports domestically.
The Prime Minister has said that Covid certification proving someone is fully vaccinated will be needed to enter nightclubs and potentially other venues from the end of September.
The Government has also not ruled out requiring students to be double-jabbed to attend university lectures and to stay in halls of residence.
Dozens of Conservative backbenchers are prepared to vote against the ‘misguided’ use of the documents, with many ‘horrified’ at the curb potentially being imposed on certain aspects of daily life.
Boris Johnson is facing a mounting Tory revolt over his plans to use vaccine passports domestically
The Prime Minister has said that Covid certification proving someone is fully vaccinated will be needed to enter nightclubs and potentially other venues from the end of September
Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, told The Telegraph ‘the Government is now encouraging discrimination in relation to vaccinations’.
He said: ‘We used to believe that medical information is confidential. Now we’re encouraging firms to demand knowledge of it. I find it at best distasteful and at worst disgusting.’
Fellow Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay said the documents would represent a ‘massive change to the relationship between the state and the individual’ that would be a ‘very dangerous step.’
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, toldthe move would be a ‘massive step and a misguided one’.
‘The policy would discriminate against the young, against those who have medical or ethical reasons why they can’t be vaccinated and many ethnic minority groups,’ he said.
More than 40 Tories have signed a declaration organised by civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch expressing their opposition to the domestic use of vaccine passports.
Despite the scale of the Conservative revolt, the Government is likely to win any House of Commons vote on the issue because Labour has indicated it is unlikely to oppose the proposals if they include provision for testing data to be used as well as vaccine status.
It comes after the Government was accused of introducing passports by stealth after theApp was updated with ‘domestic’ and ‘travel’ options for Britons to prove their vaccination status.
Mr Shapps today ruled out Covid passports being mandatory for access to pubs and shops as he backed firms requiring staff to be double-jabbed before they can go back to the office.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said some companies will require their staff to be fully vaccinated but the Government will not make it a legal requirement.
Mr Shapps told Sky News: ‘It is a good idea and, yes, some companies will require it.
‘We are not going to make that legislation that every adult has to be double-vaccinated before they go back to the office but, yes, it is a good idea and, yes, some companies will require it.’
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said yesterday it was a ‘smart policy’ for companies to insist employees are double-jabbed before they can return to offices.
More than 40 Tories have signed a declaration expressing their opposition to the idea with campaign group Big Brother Watch
Mr Shapps said the Government ‘won’t go as far as requiring’ Covid certification to enter a shop or a pub.
‘We will for very close contact things like going to nightclubs – other countries are for international travel – so I think there is precious little reason not to be vaccinated, every good reason to be vaccinated,’ he said.
Mr Shapps also said he did not know why the issue was ‘particularly controversial’, due to the high number of people who have already had jabs.
‘For most people this doesn’t matter one way or the other,’ he added.
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