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MPs debate petitions relating to Covid-19 vaccination

16 September 2021

On Monday 20 September, MPs will debate petitions relating to Covid-19 vaccination.

The debate will be led by a member of the Petitions Committee, and MPs from all parties can take part. The Government will send a Minister to respond.

‘Outlaw discrimination against those who do not get a Covid-19 vaccination’

The petition, which has more than 347,000 signatures, states: “The individual must remain sovereign over their own body, discrimination against those who cannot or will not be vaccinated against COVID is incompatible with a free democracy. The Government must take firm action to prevent 'vaccination passports' and discriminatory 'no jab, no job' policies.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 29 April 2021, the Government said: “The Government believes that COVID-status certification could have a role to play in the reopening of society. We are considering carefully the equality and ethical concerns in an ongoing review.”

‘Do not require health and social care workers to take covid-19 vaccination’

The petition, which has more than 107,000 signatures, states: “We, the people, demand that health and social care workers are given the right to exercise free will in relation to any medical procedure and so to be able to refuse to take the covid 19 vaccination without fear of facing discrimination at work or in wider society.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 29 June 2021, the Government said: “There is a clear public health rationale for making COVID-19 vaccinations a condition of deployment in care homes in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness and death.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

Further Information

Find out more about the role of the Petitions Committee

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