The Government’s review into “Covid-status certification” said the system may stay in place until the risk of contagion has been completely eradicated. The review read: “Some measures may be required for a period after all adults have been offered a vaccine, in order to prevent a surge…”
The document “is likely to become a feature of our lives until the threat from the pandemic recedes.” However, the review stressed that it would likely be a temporary system.
The report added: “It is also important that there are appropriate exemptions for people for whom vaccination is not advised and repeat testing is difficult.”
Experts have raised concerns the certificates could contribute “widening existing inequalities” in the UK.
The Royal College of GPs voiced possible oversights the system could present when used at hospitality venues.
The college warned the certificates could potentially give the Government access to sensitive medical data.
It warned the system could be a limiting factor for customers who do not have the technology or knowledge to present the certificate.
Martin Marshall, head of the institution, wrote to Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, expressing his apprehension over the scheme.
He wrote: “The college is not necessarily opposed to the introduction of some sort of opt-in proof of vaccination document to allow for international travel.
“Our concern about introducing certification for domestic use is that this risks negatively impacting on some patient groups more than others and by doing so widening existing inequalities, including health inequalities, in society.”
Other critics of the Government’s proposal have denounced the potential impact such a program could have on individual freedoms.
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, comedian Abi Roberts hit out at the idea, likening it to her experience as a child living in the USSR.
She said: “I didn’t realisea I’d woken up in the UKSSR under the Communist-servative Party run by Boris Johnson.