The British government is developing a system to provide COVID vaccinated people with QR codes on their phones, which they would present to get into sports events, concerts and other large gatherings, according to reports.
“The unique codes would only be given to those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, under plans being considered by ministers, to signal they can attend large gatherings currently considered to be ‘high risk’,” reports the Daily Mail.
The report, stemming from sources close to the government, also notes that “Those who refuse to get the Covid-19 jab would likely be refused entry to venues, as part of the same proposals.”
One source suggested that spectators at the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for next year, will all be required to be vaccinated before allowed to attend events, indicating that the push for such a system is global.
“I think there are lots of people who think it is a logical extension and lots of people are interested in it,” the source was quoted as saying.
The source added that the move is seen as “One way of opening up society”.
The plan would see “those people who have had vaccinations carrying some kind of QR code or some sort of immunity certification which shows that they have been tested.”
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 once again refused to rule out making vaccination mandatory for all UK citizens this week, previously announced that ‘immunity passports’ could be rolled out for those who have antibodies against the virus, allowing them to participate in society.
The QR code proposal is just the latest in a string of indications that anyone who chooses not to be vaccinated will be effectively ostracised from society.
A British MP faced backlash Monday after suggesting that employees in the UK should not be allowed to go to work unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, when the shot becomes available.
“If vaccination works and if we’re confident it’s safe, and all indications so far are good, then I can certainly see the day when businesses say: ‘Look, you’ve got to return to the office and if you’re not vaccinated you’re not coming in,’” said Tom Tugendhat.
Airlines are likely to require passengers to sign up for a “health pass” which includes a digital certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 before allowing them to fly, according to a recent report.
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.
With Uber and other companies also beginning to refuse services to people who fail to comply with coronavirus restrictions, the “new normal” will likely create a lower caste of refusniks who are barred from traveling, any form of social life, and in the future even basic financial services.