People could have their vaccine status or their latest Covid test result put on their NHS app – though the government is considering whether to ban businesses from making access to services conditional on vaccinations.
Boris Johnson said he understood “fervent libertarians” might object to a Covid certification system for England – a phrase that could raise eyebrows among some of his backbenchers. However, he said there was “a case for it” when people needed to prove their status.
However, the prime minister also said people could be unable – or have “genuinely refused to have” a vaccine and that raised ethical issues.
“I think that’s a mistake. I think everyone should have a vaccine but we need to thrash all this out and we’ve got time,” he said.
A review into whether “Covid status certificates” could be used by hospitality and events venues was announced by Johnson on Monday, despite such a scheme being denied by ministers in the weeks leading up to the review’s announcement.
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