Speaking to Good Morning Britain this morning, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White called for the introduction of compulsory vaccine passports. Indoor dining resumes today along with the reopening of museums and cinemas.
On vaccine passports, Pierre White said:
“I think passports are very good actually, especially if you look at what’s happening in the news. I think to have a vaccine passport is really clever and it hasn’t been made compulsory yet, but I think it should be.”
The UK government has yet to show its hand on the introduction of vaccine passports or covid certification for domestic use. Cabinet secretary Michael Gove was tasked with leading a review into vaccine passports for international travel and for opening up the domestic economy.
Gove was due to have published his findings by now. There has been no explanation for the delay.
I am in no doubt that the government will introduce covid certification domestically. Pretty soon, you will not be able to book a restaurant, watch a film or attend a concert, unless you can prove that you have been vaccinated or passed a same-day covid test.
The government will inevitably use the threat of emerging variants, like the mythical Indian covid variant, to sell the scheme to the public. I say mythical, because I do not believe the Indian variant exists. I believe it is a scare tactic to convince vaccine sceptics in Asian communities to have a jab.
If the images of queues in Bolton are anything to go by, it’s working.