Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is leading a review into the feasibility of vaccine passport schemes. Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaking from Downing Street, acknowledged that the review was considering whether doctors and care workers should be required to have the jab.
Speaking Alongside Public Health England’s Dr. Susan Hopkins, Hancock said;
“I urge everybody in the NHS to get the vaccine, and we have seen the take-up increase. We are not going to bring in mandatory vaccination across the board and at this stage we are not proposing to bring in mandatory vaccination for NHS staff.”
His team is examining the possible use of vaccine passports or certificates that would allow people to prove that they have been vaccinated. Gove is expected to publish his advice on June 21st.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is in favour of mandating vaccines for NHS workers saying that it is the “professional responsibility” of staff to have a jab. Earlier this week the UK media claimed that as many as 200,000 NHS workers had indicated that they would refuse a vaccine.
Martin Marshall, who chairs the Royal College of GP’s told The Times;
“Informed and educated choice about health interventions would be more beneficial long-term than enforcing them, which risks leading to resentment.”