David Cameron backs vaccine passports as he urges Boris to keep an open mind

Vaccine passports: David Cameron says he’s ‘not against’

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Ministers are currently considering the ethical issues surrounding the possible introduction of vaccine passports under further plans to get the country back on track. While the former Prime Minister has said he supports the plans. Mr Cameron told CNN: “I’m not against it. Ultimately, there are certain vaccinations that we’re encouraged to have when we’re children that are almost compulsory.

“If we want to open up our economy as rapidly as possible, I think there will be a number of different ways and places where people will want to know have you been vaccinated before you joined this event.

“I think it’s coming. I’m very glad that the government is having a serious think about all the moral and ethical and legal dilemmas.

“They should not close their mind to this.

“I haven’t come up with the answer but they should definitely keep an open mind and have a good look because we’ve got to try and get back to normal and normal is getting as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Michael Gove has been tasked with leading a review into the possible use of vaccine passports as part of the road map for releasing England’s coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson announced that the Cabinet Office minister would head up the review as the Prime Minister acknowledged the “deep and complex issues” surrounding the introduction of Covid-19 status certificates.

Senior officials, including the Government’s vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, have frequently appeared to dismiss the idea of introducing vaccine passports in the UK.

But announcing his road map on Monday, Mr Johnson confirmed that a study into the use of vaccine and testing certificates will be one of four reviews conducted as part of easing the current restrictions.

Grant Shapps receives his first coronavirus vaccine jab

Speaking at a school in south London on Tuesday, the Prime Minister told reporters that the introduction of such certificates should not discriminate against those who opt out of receiving the jab.

“There are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, and ethical issues about what the role is for Government in mandating or for people to have such a thing or indeed in banning from people doing such a thing,” he said.

“We can’t be discriminatory against people who for whatever reason can’t have the vaccine. There might be medical reasons why people can’t have a vaccine.

“Or some people may genuinely refuse to have one. I think that’s mistaken, I think everybody should have a vaccine, but we need to thrash all this out.”


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It is understood that the Government review will look at the possibility of the NHS coronavirus app featuring a digital health passport, which would carry details of vaccinations and negative test results.

Proof of a recent negative coronavirus test or having been vaccinated could then be used to attend a particular event if required by organisers.

It is understood that combining the two is one option being considered by ministers, so as to avoid appearing to discriminate against those who decline the jab for health or moral reasons.

While the rollout of the vaccination programme continues across the UK, Mr Johnson said he wants to see a “proper review” into the issue.

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