I don’t want to introduce a mandatory vaccine passport


Staumont leaders say they want to avoid the need to introduce the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passport.

Prime Minister Paul Givan and Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill urged the public to work together to avoid being introduced.

Authorities are understood to continue working to build the system as needed, but ministers disagreed with its introduction when they met Thursday.

“I don’t want to follow the mandatory route if I don’t need it,” O’Neill said in a post-executive meeting, encouraging “safer choices.”

Giban said he feels it’s about “partnerships” from the perspective of responsible people and the companies and sectors that work with Stormont executives.

He said he adhered to a high level of hospitality department rules.

“I hope this voluntary approach works,” he said.

Several relaxations of the COVID-19 regulation have been agreed, including the removal of legal requirements for social distance in bars and restaurants. Facial coverage in certain settings, risk assessments, and acquisition of people’s details in hospitality will continue during the winter.

The Deputy Prime Minister also said it was important for the government to be able to respond when things became more difficult and difficult, especially in medical services.

“There are measures we don’t want to implement, but we need to be ready in case we reach that point,” she added.

O’Neill said this included vaccine passports and restoration of social distance.

“We will do everything we can to avoid reaching that point,” she added.

Health Minister Robin Swan and Minister of Infrastructure Nicola Maron are calling for an agreement on vaccine passport policies.

Last week, Swan warned that executive delays in agreeing to a vaccine passport policy have limited options for relaxing more restrictions.

Rebecca Black

PA

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