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Vaccine passports must be legislated for properly through parliament

Most restrictions on personal liberty in the pandemic have been imposed by a single minister. But parliamentary debate and scrutiny are vital for democratic legitimacy

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Parliament has been marginalised in the implementation of much policy during this pandemic. Vaccine passports present an opportunity to change that.

In the past few weeks, a limited vaccine passport scheme has been introduced in England, Scotland and Wales, in which individuals can now request documentation proving their vaccination status. The scheme has been introduced without parliamentary approval, and with no new legislation governing the form or use of these documents. Before vaccine passports are rolled out any further, their use should be prescribed by a properly debated Act of Parliament. This is a requirement of both the…

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