Wednesday, 29 June 2022 – 14:24

MPs to debate petitions on COVID-19 vaccinations

MPs will debate two petitions on Monday in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations.

One petition, which has called for the outlawing of discrimination against those who do not get a COVID-19 vaccination, has had over 347,000 signatures. 

Any petition at which receives more than 100,000 signatures is considered for debate by MPs.

This petition, which will be part of the focus for Monday’s debate, argues “The individual must remain sovereign over their own body, discrimination against those who cannot or will not be vaccinated against COVID is incompatible with a free democracy. The Government must take firm action to prevent ‘vaccination passports’ and discriminatory ‘no jab, no job’ policies.”

The Government said earlier this year in response to the petition that it was “considering carefully the equality and ethical concerns” around COVID-status certification. The UK Government has since scrapped plans for mandatory COVID-status certification for nightclubs in England, though a COVID pass will be required elsewhere, including in Wales.

The debate, to be opened by Elliot Colburn MP, will also consider a petition entitled ‘Do not require health and social care workers to take covid-19 vaccination’.

The Government has claimed that there is “a clear public health rationale for making COVID-19 vaccinations a condition of deployment in care homes in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness and death”.

The debate will cover both petitions, will last 90 minutes and can be watched on Parliament TV and on YouTube from 18:00.


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