Vaccine status certificates being considered across Europe
A lot of talk in the media today about the possible introduction of vaccine or COVID status certificates in the coming months. The Independent reports that the UK government is considering the introduction of “Covid status certificates” as part of plans for the phased reopening of society, the prime minister has announced.
Boris Johnson said there will be a review into the policy, which was been previously dismissed by a number of senior ministers.
The PM said a certification scheme could be adopted to help certain venues open safely in the months ahead, but added that the government would be “mindful” of concerns surrounding privacy, exclusion and discrimination, with some groups unable to receive a coronavirus jab for medical reasons.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons on Monday 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.
The findings of the vaccine passport probe are hoped to be available before stage four of the lockdown easing on 21 June is reached.
Sky News reports that vaccine and testing certificates could be used in England to enable the economy to fully reopen and international travel to go ahead, the government has suggested.
Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown says the government will look into how certificates confirming someone has had a recent negative test or has had a COVID-19 vaccine could “play a role in reopening our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety”.
COVID-19 in Madeira: previous daily updates can be found on an earlier post