Understanding vaccine passport rules is enough to drive you to drink – and now government documents reveal not only could they do precisely that, but they could INCREASE Covid transmission rates too…

Every evening from around 10pm, the front pages of the following day’s newspapers start to come in. I occasionally have a look at them, and whilst taking a peep last night, I caught the front page of today’s Daily Telegraph. It featured the eye-catching headline of “Vaccine passports could push people to pubs”.

And it’s quite a good story, as it happens. Their journalist has seen a confidential document going around within government talking about the “economic and social impact of Covid certification”. The report in question has a revealing section in it, discussing one of the risks with the vaccine passport policy. This document relates to England – Scotland already has such a policy in place, and Wales has a policy of requesting a negative test or vaccine status.

The document reads “A core concern is that certification could displace activity and business away from music venues to, say, pubs with music and late alcohol licences… if certification displaces some fans from structured and well-ventilated sports stadia, this could lead to the, attending unstructured and poorly ventilated pubs instead where they will have access to more alcohol than if they were in the stadia.”.

In other words, people who are being turned away from nightclubs because they can’t prove their vaccine status or haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 are likely to go to pubs instead – because no proof will be requested there. And they’re going to get drunk, start putting their arms around everyone – and then start showing symptoms of Covid a week later. Or so the message appears to be here.

It’s also a problem for the pub trade. If contact tracers start reporting more and more cases are originating from pubs, the Government will eventually take notice. No one quite knows how they’d respond – and with enough uncertainty at the moment, more won’t help.

If vaccines stopped you from catching Covid and transmiting it, vaccine passports might be something I’d be prepared to tolerate. But as it stands, this has got to be one of the worst ideas that any modern government has ever pushed through…

Vaccine passes became law in Wales this week – but controversy over the farcical vote in the Welsh Parliament (where they passed by a single vote) continues to cause an almighty stink

Vaccine passes (as they insist on calling them) came into use in Wales yesterday. If you want to enter a nightclub or a few other specific settings in the country now, you must either prove you’re double jabbed or provide a negative lateral flow test result which is a maximum of 48 hours old. But their introduction has caused controversy, and it’s not just simply because of the original proposals on the table.

Last week, a vote took place in the Welsh Parliament to see whether members would support it. Now, the Welsh Parliament currently operates a half and half system. Half of members are allowed to place their votes in person, and the other half do so remotely. And it’s at this point we centre in on the Member of the Senedd (that’s the Welsh for Parliament, before you ask) for Vale of Clwyd in north Wales – a Tory called Gareth Davies.

At the time of the vote, he was at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, so took advantage of the system which allowed him to place his vote remotely. Only things didn’t work out. Davies put out a statement on Twitter afterwards explaining what happened from his side…

Since then, Davies hasn’t said anything more about the subject – he isn’t responding to my emails and the Welsh Conservative Party declined to comment when contacted by this blog yesterday. The vote passed by 28 to 27, and he made clear in advance he would be voting against it. So vaccine passes would have been, at the least, delayed if his vote had been placed. But this lack of transparency over what happened last week simply isn’t good enough.

I’d like to see a timetable detailing exactly what happened and when it happened, Details like who Davies spoke to and what he was advised to do should be released. At what point was he told the vote would take place without him, and how did he respond? And just why did he choose to go to Manchester on a week where the crucial vote was going to take place? 

A word of advice, Mr Davies. This refusal to comment any further, especially when his vote could potentially have delayed or even stopped vaccine passes completely, does you no favours. At best, it makes you look like an idiot. At worst, it looks like you’ve been gagged. Start talking, Gareth…

As Scotland announces a 17-day delay in enforcing vaccine passports, is this possibly anything to do with an impending NTIA legal challenge to the policy?

So, back we go to the divisive topic of vaccine passports once more. Scotland was due to introduce them on October 1st – tomorrow. But like everything else with this policy, it’s been rushed through without a thought for the consequences.

Firstly, they were announced just three weeks ago and voted through by Sturgeon’s SNP stooges shortly afterwards. And then with just two days to go, the Scottish First Minister confirms there will be a “staged approach” – the policy will begin on October 1st, but enforcement won’t begin until October 18th. She must think the people of Scotland are idiots.

Sturgeon made it sound like she was being kind, saying “This grace period will allow businesses to test, adapt and build confidence in the practical arrangements they will need to put in place to be compliant with the scheme. The pragmatic compromise that I have just outlined in relation to a staged introduction of the scheme demonstrates, I hope, that we are listening to business about the practical challenges they face – and that we are determined to work with them to overcome these.”

In reality? The Scottish government is facing a legal challenge from the Night Time Industries Association on the subject. They made clear when England was pursuing this policy – later rested, but not officially dropped – that they weren’t happy with what was on the table.

And they won’t be best pleased by the words “listening to business” either. The NTIA say they’ve been talking to the Scottish government about this for the past two months, but have got nowhere. Hence this bizarre attempt at the eleventh hour to try and pacify them with a grace period.

Yes, the Night Time Industries Association are pursuing this legal action out of self-interest – but given the controversy vaccine passports have caused elsewhere in the world, nobody should be surprised. And with Wales due to introduce a similar policy from October 11th, I suspect Cardiff will be watching this closely…

I told you this would happen, didn’t I? Scotland’s government is being taken to court over vaccine passports by the Night Time Industries Association…

I don’t really like people who say “I told you so”, but I’m honestly struggling to think of another way to start this post on this Monday morning.

You see, a few weeks ago, the Spanish courts had to make a series of rulings on the vaccine passport scheme one area of the country wanted to introduce. The court ruled against vaccine passports and suggested they give a certain degree of false assurance to the user.

The proposal in Andalusia was broadly similar to the scheme starting in Wales from October 11th. In order to get in a Welsh nightclub from that date, you’d need to either be double jabbed or have proof of a negative test within the last 24 hours. This is quite a difference to the Scottish scheme – where only proof of double vaccination will be sufficient.

So I’m not the least bit surprised to discover that last week, the Night Time Industries Association in Scotland decided they were going to take legal action against the government north of the border – and seeing that they come into force in Scotland this coming Thursday, they don’t have a minute to spare.

How will Scotland’s courts see this? It remains to be seen and I’ll no doubt write about it when I find out. Just don’t act all surprised about this – you were forewarned by your favourite dance music blog…

Hail Mary Jane: Washington state offering free cannabis joints to anyone having the Covid jab – but would it bring a smile to those ever so miserable anti-vaxxers?

Different areas of the world are resorting to varying tactics to persuade people to have the Covid-19 vaccine. None more so than in the USA, where in Ohio, anyone who’s had the vaccine is eligible to enter a lottery with a weekly jackpot of $1million.

The most novel I’ve seen yet is in the US state of Washington. Between now and July 12th, anyone getting their coronavirus jab from an in-store vaccination clinic will be entitled to receive one pre-rolled marijuana joint. More details courtesy of CNN here.

I’ve had both of my vaccines now – meaning I have lots of protection from coronavirus, but had no phone call from Bill Gates to enquire about my bowel movements and no 5G being emitted from my head either.

I was fine after my second jab, but the first knocked me out for nearly 24 hours. At least if I’d been on cannabis, I might have been too stoned to notice.

Still, it might be worth doing that here, especially with the anti-vaxxers. Am I the only one who’s noticed that you never meet a smiling, cheerful one?

What’s it like having the Covid-19 jab? My own experience

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have not caught Covid-19 and fingers crossed, I do not catch in the future. I know many people who have had it, I know at least six people who have been hospitalised with it and I know two people who have died with the virus.

I consider myself quite lucky in the circumstances. This terrible virus has caused a huge amount of strife and grief, so when the vaccine came along, I was looking forward to my time coming to receive it.

As it happens, it came along sooner than expected. My wife got a phone call on March 1st from her local practice to say she was now eligible, being in one of the more vulnerable categories. As I’m her carer, I’m also eligible for one too. She booked us both in for March 3rd. How did it go? Well…

We had to go to our local leisure centre to get our jabs. There were a couple of other people there waiting, but not many. Everyone had to wash their hands on the way in and they were pretty strict on social distancing.

After being called in, we both had to answer a few questions. These were basically about whether any of us had been ill recently, how we were feeling at the time, and so on. Once this form was completed, we both moved to the designated area where we would receive our vaccines – the AstraZeneca type, in case you’re curious!

A nurse checked the information on the forms was all correct before I had to roll my sleeve up on my right arm. The needle went in quite high up. It wasn’t a comfortable feeling and felt quite scratchy whilst it was in there. The whole thing took around five seconds, so nothing prolonged about it.

I had the jab at 3.30pm that day. Around 10pm, I started getting the chills. They were on and off during the night. I had a terrible night of sleep. The next day, my appetite was lower than normal and I was pretty tired – but things started to lift during the day.

I’ll be having my second jab probably around late April or early May. I absolutely hate having injections, but I’d rather have that than catch this blighted virus.

And sadly, the 5G signal being emitted from my body is still as crap as before, and Bill Gates still gives zero shits what I get up to!