Many MPs have said they are opposed to the Covid Pass (also known as the 'vaccine passport'). Others are unsure. Some, sadly, are in favour.
They all need to hear what you, their constituents, think of it, because what you believe can make a big difference to how they will vote in Parliament. They know their job depends on your support for them at the next election.
We've made it quick and easy for you to tell them to say "no" to vaccine passports. We have written a letter which you can send to your own MP. Simply click the link below to find out who your MP is. Copy their details into the letter and add your own. (Note: your address is needed so your local MP will know you're a registered voter in the constituency) Then cut and paste the completed letter into an email and send it to their constituency email address.
Find your local MP here.
The Letter, simply copy and paste
Dear (Insert MP Name),
I am writing as your constituent to express my objections to a mandatory Covid Pass.
I am deeply concerned that they have been introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I believe that they should be withdrawn immediately and that they must never be introduced in England.
Covid-19 vaccines protect the vaccinated from serious disease, but data now show unequivocally that none of the vaccines prevent you catching or transmitting Coronavirus, which would be the basis for introducing the Covid Pass. Most recently, a study published in The Lancet concluded that breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people can efficiently transmit infection in the household setting. The concluding paragraph is very important, and ruins the public health case for Covid Passes:
“Although current vaccines remain effective at preventing severe disease and deaths from COVID-19, our findings suggest that vaccination alone is not sufficient to prevent all transmission of the delta variant”
To summarise my concerns:
- Mandatory Covid Passes go against the advice of the UK Parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report into Covid-19 status certification, which found that the government could not make a strong scientific case for vaccine passports, and that they would be discriminatory.
- The Government has failed to provide cost benefit analysis and impact assessment for public scrutiny.
- The Covid Pass would be discriminatory on the grounds of race, religion and socio-economic status.
- The Covid Pass will damage the economy as it is impractical for many businesses to implement and deters customers. Trade in Scottish nightclubs was reduced by 46% in the first week after introduction.
- The vast majority of the adult population have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and, according to the Office of National Statistics, nine out of ten adults have antibodies to Covid-19, so any Covid Pass scheme introduced at this point would be costly, with only diminishing returns.
- The Covid Pass damages informed consent. The Council of Europe resolution on Covid-19 vaccines urges Member States to “ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination is not mandatory and that no one is under political, social or other pressure to be vaccinated if they do not wish to do so; ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated”.
I am very concerned about the Covid Pass. All around Europe there are protests which show the strength of feeling and opposition to this proposed illiberal ‘papers please’ medical two-tier society. Please could you reply to let me know what your position is on Covid Passes. My decision regarding who to vote for in the future will be based on your reply to this letter.
If you prefer, you can also download the letter here as a Word document.