More than 10,000 people have signed a petition opposing the introduction of vaccine passports for Irish people.
“We want the Government of Ireland to commit to not rolling out any vaccination status/immunity passport to the Irish public,” the petition reads. “Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have declined a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable.”
The petition says that “vaccine passports/certificates are a violation of an individual’s right to freedom of assembly, religion and expression” and would set a precedent “for an increasingly autocratic regime”.
The European Commission and the U.S. government are looking at a form of vaccine passports – and the EU is considering a proposal to create a digital Covid-19 vaccination passport that may allow Europeans to travel more freely over the summer across the member states.
The petiton says that “implementation of vaccination passports would undoubtedly fabricate a pseudo apartheid society, discriminating not on grounds of race, but on the grounds of those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.”
“They would mandate that in order for a person to live a normal life they must surrender to the state their right to bodily autonomy,” it claims.
“A vaccination passport/certificate system would ensure that life would never truly return to normal.”