COVID vaccine passports are a controversial topic, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has explained that there are plans to trial the system.

Many have looked forward to the post-lockdown world, but it seems that some new regulations will be implemented as public spaces reopen.

During a visit to Middlesborough, the prime minister discussed plans for a vaccination passport. However, it is worth noting that the plans have yet to be put into action.

While the scale of the passport programme is unknown, the statement made by Boris Johnson gave the public an insight into what they can expect.

What was said?

Once the NHS Covid-19 app has been updated it is believed that a trial of a passport system can begin. This could happen in a matter of weeks although factors like a study by Michael Gove, will also impact the decision.

The MailOnline reported the comments of the Prime Minister as he spoke publically:

“On the issue of vaccine certification, there’s definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports.”

“You can see already that other countries, the aviation industry, are interested in those and there’s a logic to that.”

The logic behind the move is to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

Johnson explained:

“I think when it comes to trying to make sure that we give maximum confidence to business and to customers here in the UK, there are three things – there’s your immunity, whether you have had it before, so you have got natural antibodies, whether you have been vaccinated, and then of course whether you have had a test.”

“Those three things working together will be useful for us as we go forward.”

Where will the trial begin?

The trial will reportedly start in theatres and stadiums. It seems that the effectiveness of the passport system will be measured and then applied to other businesses if it works.

Nonetheless, some will have an issue with this kind of scheme.


The Test & Trace application has experienced plenty of issues. There has been app breaking bugs as well as poor adoption rates.

Moreover, the tax money attributed to the application has been deemed too much. Particularly, when its lack of tangible results has been analysed.

With this in mind, some will have doubts about whether the application can support a passport system.

MPs are also concerned about the passport. 72 MPs from all parties have made it clear that they would oppose the scheme. The politicians have described the plans as “divisive and discriminatory.”

Going forward

Many will want to feel safe when public spaces reopen. However, whether an application supporting a passport scheme can work remains to be seen. Furthermore, whether it will be accepted is still unclear.

A decision on a trial should be made in the coming weeks.

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