The UK is currently in the early stages of a third wave of Covid-19. The APPG believes that this wave was not inevitable. Measures should now be taken to help prevent any further importation of dangerous variants by fixing our broken border system to improve our future resilience.
1. While the UK and global population remain only partially vaccinated, and because vaccination does not negate the risk of transmission of Covid-19, the focus of the ‘Covid Green Pass’ should continue to be proof of a recent negative PCR test.
2. Vaccines, and therefore a Covid Green Pass, are not a ‘silver bullet’. A Covid Green Pass should be considered in line with other strategies to reduce exposure risk and make spaces Covid secure. The Government should work towards a low prevalence solution.
3. Paper-based solutions contribute to lengthy queues and mixing in arrival halls. They are more susceptible to fraud than a digital Covid Green Pass. Paper-based documents are not a long-term solution.
4. E-gate upgrades must be implemented before international travel is resumed in summer. Without e-gates, queues will continue to be ‘unacceptable from a welfare, safety and security perspective’.
5. The Covid Green Pass should be implemented across all four nations of the UK.
6. The Covid Green Pass should be integrated with the NHS app, and combine both test results and vaccination status.
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