Jab passports warn mothers-to-be: pregnant women will have regular Covid tests if Boris Johnson goes ahead with ‘terrible’ vaccine passport plan, former Tory minister says
- The prime minister is facing a growing uprising over vaccine passport proposals
- “Pregnant women will have to spend their lives in testing centers,” said Tory MP
- Expectant mothers are advised not to receive the vaccine because the injections have not yet been tested during pregnancy
Pregnant women will be pretty much forced to spend their lives in coronavirus testing centers under Boris Johnson’s “ terrible ” plan for vaccine passports, a former Tory minister warned last night.
The Prime Minister is facing a growing uprising over proposals to force Britons to prove their Covid status when entering certain types of locations.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of creating a ‘complete mess’ when he joined the SNP’s Westminster leader yesterday and warned that their opposition MPs will vote against the plans as they stand.
Prime Minister faces growing uprising over proposals to force Britons to prove their Covid status when entering certain types of locations
And Tory MP Harriett Baldwin, a former Secretary of State, said: ‘Groups such as pregnant women will have to spend their lives in testing centers, while others will have preferential access to society. That would be a terrible step backwards. ‘
Expectant mothers are advised not to receive the vaccine because the injections have not yet been tested during pregnancy. Although there is no evidence that the vaccine would harm an unborn child, pregnancy is more likely to lead to blood clots.
A government investigation has said Covid status certificates “may play a role” in settings such as theaters, nightclubs and mass events, as well as being used in pubs and restaurants to reduce social distance restrictions.
Ministers have insisted that this would not depend solely on vaccination. A recent negative test result or proof of immunity would also suffice.
But Tory backbenchers warned last night that this would still create a ‘two-part Britain’ as those who can’t get the vaccine – including pregnant women – would need to be constantly tested.
At least 40 Conservative MPs oppose plans for domestic vaccine passports, which could be enough to defeat the government with the support of opposition parties. Sir Keir confirmed that Labor intends to vote against the plans unless they are changed. “We don’t support the government’s plans in their current form, it’s that simple,” he said on a visit to Plymouth.
Expectant mothers are advised not to get the vaccine as the injections have not been tested during pregnancy (Stock image)
‘The plans seem to change almost daily. Just a few weeks ago, the Prime Minister said he was thinking about vaccination passports to go to the pub – now he says [he] not. One day he talks about tests – then it’s certificates. It’s a complete mess. ‘
Ian Blackford, who heads the SNP in Westminster, suggested his party would do the same. “Based on the available information, there is no proposal before us that SNP MPs could support,” he said.
The prime minister reiterated his pledge last night not to introduce certification for the April 12 or May 17 phases to ease the lockdown.
But Mr. Johnson said, “ It is the responsibility of every government to look into the possibility of ensuring that we can continue to open up all sectors of the economy in a safe way for the rest of this year and … we’ll look to all possibilities. ‘