BBC Question Time guests were asked whether they agreed with proposed plans to introduce vaccine passports to reopen and protect businesses. However, when audience members were invited to speak one man pointed out the coronavirus documents already exist and it would be right for businesses to deny entry to anyone who does not have one. Members of the show were taken back as some had not thought of the man’s point of view before.
Speaking on BBC Question Time about the documents, the audience member called Steve said: “It already exists in a way, I’m lucky enough to have had my first vaccination.
“And what do you get back from the vaccination you get a little card that gives the details of the date, time of vaccination.
“Now assuming that my situation is not unique, then it probably means that majority of people have already had such a document.
“Now, business owners can decide at their own whim whether or not to serve people.
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“If they choose to say, if you can’t show proof that you’ve had a vaccination, then the person is legally entitled to do that.
“So, the point is really a vaccination passport almost exists already.”
Earlier in the show, another audience member blasted the use of the vaccine passports by branding them “unethical”.
She disagreed with the idea of a “two-tier society” which prevented people from living their lives based on whether they have has their injections.
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The Government is looking into whether vaccine passports should be introduced as a way to reopen parts of the country.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is leading the review to determine if the documents would be ethical and practical to introduce domestically.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed earlier this week that vaccine passports for international travel would be coming “whatever”.
Countries like Greece and Austria have been pushing for the passports to reopen their tourism sector and urged the EU to adopt them during a meeting this week.
The two countries are now seeking to introduce the documents bilaterally with other nations to essentially create travel corridors.
Countries like France and Germany oppose the moves as they believe there is not enough data to prove vaccines have an effect on transmissibility.
They also share concerns with other international actors that the passports would be redundant in the face of new COVID-19 variants since people would require booster shots to remain safe.