See which way the wind is blowing yet? Whilst England sticks vaccine passports on the backburner, Wales announces it’s following Scotland and introducing them from October 11th…

Well, this wasn’t a terribly surprising development, was it? Wales has announced that vaccine passports are about to become a thing in the country – just weeks after Scotland confirmed they were doing it and days after England confirmed they weren’t doing it – yet.

There is, however, one notable difference in the way it will work in Wales. The vaccine passes, as they’re being called, will allow entry to anyone who can prove they’re double jabbed or who has a negative lateral flow test no older than 48 hours. This is a big difference to the Scottish and proposed English scheme, where only full vaccination would be considered acceptable.

It appears First Minister Mark Drakeford believes it would raise a “series of ethical, legal and technical questions”. Either way, it seems a sensible compromise – even though it still doesn’t deal with the anomaly that people who’ve had both jabs can not only catch the virus, but spread it too.

I’m still convinced a legal challenge to vaccine passports is likely in a British court soon. Let’s not forget an area of Spain tried to introduce their version of the Welsh vaccine pass and it failed in court. I have yet to see anything which could persuade me this cannot happen in Wales, or anywhere else in Britain…


Incidentally, there’s a discussion about vaccine passports for nightclubs going on in Northern Ireland at the moment – at a time when nightclubs from Belfast to Derry and many places in between remain closed. As one Twitter user put it, it’s like “debating if seatbelts should be mandatory when no-one’s got a car”…