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Pensioners overwhelmingly back vaccine passports for pubs and travel, poll shows

Mirror logo Mirror 6 days ago Ben Glaze

Three quarters of over-60s back coronavirus vaccine passports for entry to British pubs and restaurants, a poll revealed tonight.

Some 85% of 1,002 people quizzed by Survey Monkey for older people's campaign group Silver Voices support inoculation certificates for foreign travel.

And 92% said health and social care staff in direct contact with vulnerable people should be required to be vaccinated, unless they were exempt on health grounds.

The Government is reviewing whether to launch proof passes for people who have been jabbed.

The unvaccinated could be able to show proof of negative tests or that they have antibodies from contracting the disease.

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure over the plan from Tory rebels, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

But Silver Voices director Dennis Reed said: “Our members have expressed very strong support for the vaccination programme and want to make sure that its initial success in fighting the virus is not wasted by a laissez-faire approach to those who refuse to be vaccinated without good reason.


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“Once all adults in the UK have been offered the jab, and provided those with genuine medical reasons are exempted, there is no justification for non-vaccinated people to demand entry into crowded venues.

“Bogus human rights arguments will ensure that the virus continues to circulate in communities and will provide opportunities for resistant new strains to develop.

“Also, we cannot have unvaccinated health and care staff in intimate proximity to vulnerable people.”

He believed medical professionals on the frontline could be forced to have a jab as part of their contracts.

“There is a long history of requiring certain health occupations to have vaccinations, for example against hepatitis B/C and, previously, TB,” said Mr Reed.

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“We respect the right of people to refuse to have the jab, but they should not have the right to infect other people.

“With a million people suffering from Long Covid, this is a public health emergency and emergency measures remain necessary.”

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