People may need to prove they have been vaccinated against the CCP virus before they are allowed to enter restaurants or entertainment venues after the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, a British government minister said on Monday.
He told BBC Radio 4’s “World at One” that the government is looking at the technology that will enable doctors and businesses to check if someone has got the vaccine, which may be similar to the NHS Test and Trace app.
“Restaurants, bars, cinemas and other venues, sports venues, will probably also use that system as they have done with the app,” he said.
Zahawi said the government cannot compel people to get vaccinated, but will launch “a very strong campaign” to demonstrate the safety of the vaccines.
“I think it is right that it is voluntary,” he said. “People have to be allowed to be able to decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or otherwise.
“But I think the very strong message that you will see—this is the way we return the whole country [to normal life]. And so it’s good for your family, it’s good for your community, it’s good for your country to be vaccinated, and ultimately people will have to make a decision.”
Zahawi added that it was incumbent upon social media platforms to be able to “fact check” information on vaccines.
“I want to make sure that the digital platforms—the Googles, the Facebooks, the Twitters of this world—that they are doing this work, because this is something that obviously doesn’t just concern the United Kingdom but the whole world,” he said.