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Londoners skeptical of potential use of COVID-19 vaccine passports as country reopens

CA, 06 Apr 2021
Londoners on Tuesday were broadly skeptical of the potential use of vaccine passports to enter pubs and restaurants when they reopen in England.

While the government has confirmed such a system will not be used when outdoor venues reopen on April 12 or in the second phase of reopening in May, it has said no decision has been taken over its use in the longer term.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday gave the green light for England to take the next step in easing its third national lockdown, but gave few details on how any possible vaccine certification would work.

Step 2 of a roadmap charting plans to gradually reopen the economy over coming months will see shops and pub gardens reopen next week, while the reopening of indoor hospitality venues in step 3 is scheduled for May.

Some lawmakers in Johnson's party object to the idea that proof of COVID status could be needed to go to a pub or restaurant, arguing it risks creating a two-tier society.

Johnson has said he expects so-called vaccine passports to have a role in international travel, but there were ethical questions about a certification scheme which only took vaccination status into account.

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