Vaccine passport POLL: Should people without vaccine passports be banned from pubs? | UK | News (Reports)

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Our poll comes as Boris Johnson yesterday confirmed there will be a review into whether vaccine passports could be deployed as part of the road map out of lockdown.

The Prime Minister said the Government wanted to determine whether offering “Covid status certificates” could help venues to open again.

The proposal could see punters forced to brandish a document proving they have had a coronavirus jab to enter a pub.

As well as vaccines, the review will also look at the viability of people showing evidence of a negative coronavirus test.

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A study into the use of vaccine and testing certificates will be one of four reviews carried out as part of easing the current restrictions, Mr Johnson said.

Outlining each review, he told the House of Commons: “The third review will consider the potential role of Covid status certification in helping venues to open safely.

“We are mindful of the many concerns surrounding the exclusion, discrimination and privacy.”

Speaking later at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister admitted there were issues around vaccine certificates.

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The findings are hoped to be available before stage four of the lockdown easing on June 21 is reached – the earliest date all restrictions can be lifted.

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If the use of Covid status certificates is approved, it could mean venues or businesses deny someone access if they cannot provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against or tested negative for coronavirus.

Campaign group Liberty warned that vaccine passports could create a “two-tier society”.

Head of policy and campaigns Sam Grant said: “Ministers have flip-flopped on the idea of immunity passports for months before quickly backing out again when faced with immense backlash. Renaming them ‘status certificates’ does nothing to address the fact that they would create a two-tier society where some people can access support and freedoms, while others are shut out – with the most marginalised among us hardest hit.”

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But former prime minister Tony Blair has regularly called for vaccine passports to be used to reopen society.

Mr Johnson on Monday set out a four-step plan for relaxing England’s lockdown by June 21.

He said: “Thanks to the vaccinations there is light ahead, leading us to a spring and a summer, which I think will be seasons of hope, looking and feeling incomparably better for us all.”

The UK’s vaccine rollout has seen more than 17 million people receive their first dose and over 600,000 given their second.

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