I have very mixed views about vaccine passports. The government is resisting the idea. Ministers worry about the complexity and potential discrimination, though rather less about the intrusion into civil liberties. But many people I know support the idea if it is the price of getting access to their favourite hostelry, restaurant or entertainment venue. There is even talk of using vaccine passports for shops.
With “non-essential” shops and pubs opening across the country and in Ludlow today, I am asking the question – do you support vaccination passports?
I don’t like the idea of having to show my ID before going into a pub, even a store. Publicans I have spoken to are not keen. On the other hand, best practice in pubs and restaurants is to halt customers at the door and ensure they log in to the NHS Track and Trace app and use hand sanitiser. Checking whether people have had a vaccination is not much of an extra step and they already check IDs for under 25s. But it is intrusive and almost feels confrontational. Depending on vaccine supplies, it will be mid-summer before all adults have been vaccinated.
But if vaccine passports promote safety, is it worth enduring that? But if venues are safe, and that is my experience in Ludlow, why have vaccine passports?
What happens to people who can’t be vaccinated for health reasons? A passport saying that they are exempt is giving away information that ought to be confidential.
There is an additional aspect to this. If someone is not vaccinated but has a negative PCR or lateral flow test, should they allowed into a venue? Or should they be barred as they could still be hosting Covid-19, especially with a lateral flow test?
It is likely that some form of vaccine accreditation or a negative test will be required for international travel.
Please vote and comment.
After the first few votes, I updated this poll to add the option of passports for international travel to take account of comments made.