Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame pub group, told Radio 4’s Today programme he was concerned the plans touched on ‘discrimination, civil liberties, and in this case data protection issues.’
He said the move might pub bar staff at increased risk of intimidation. He said: ‘This is fraught with difficulty, I think, and it is, in my view, a fairly poorly thought out idea at this stage.’
But some officials think the plans could encourage people to get vaccinated, the Guardian reported Thursday. Ministers are apparently concerned that young people in particular will be less inclined to get the jab when it is offered.
‘Vaccine passports’ may eventually become key to unlocking international travel before the majority of the world’s population is innoculated.
Although this would benefit many, public health experts warn they such schemes exacerbate existing inequalities.
The UK’s vaccination programme, for example, has already faced criticism for reaching people from ethnic minority groups at a slower pace than white residents.
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