Liam Herrick, executive director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to Minister for health Stephen Donnelly about the necessity of the vaccine pass.
The ICCL has said the pass system has been developed without any ‘meaningful consideration of human rights’.
Mr Herrick writes:
We ask you, Minister, to please clarify the following:
What is the purpose of the Government’s vaccine certificate system?
The purpose matters because it affects the proportionality and necessity of the measure. If it is to persuade people to get vaccinated, this raises concerns about the future ramifications or possible expansion of “health passports” and the subsequent impacts of such on everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated. If it is to reduce transmission, the certificate system should include testing.
Why is testing still being omitted from the certificate system?
There is a provision in the Act [Health (Amendment) (No.2) Act 2021] to allow for a “permitted person” to include someone who can show proof of a negative test. It’s utterly unclear why this hasn’t been provided.
Where is the evidence that the immunity certificate system to date has worked in curbing the transmission of Covid-19?
It is vital that this evidence is forthcoming, given the context of extremely high rates of vaccination in the population generally and particularly the age cohorts accessing hospitality.
This is also vital, in the context of persistent transmission of Covid between vaccinated people in all settings.’
Full letter here