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Pub vaccine passports ‘reckless’ and ‘fast track to undo lockdown gains’

25 Mar 2021
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Certificates will lead to pressure on GP's, false certificates, potential violence for pub workers and even black market for vaccine doses

GMB, the union for hospitality workers, says any plan to demand vaccine certificates to enter pubs would be reckless and a fast track to undo the gains of the present lockdown.

The union warns the scheme would lead to pressure on GP's to fast-track younger patients, false certificates, potential violence for pub workers and even a black market for vaccine doses.

Dan Shears, GMB National Health and Safety Director, said:

"If these reports are true, this will drive demand for vaccination in absolutely the worst way.

"If a vaccine certificate is the only way to access a pub, then most under 50s are essentially barred until they get their jab.

"This will lead to pressure on GP's to fast-track younger patients, false certificates, potential violence for pub workers and even a black market for vaccine doses.

"If the Government wants a fast track to undo all of the gains of the present lockdown, this is it.

"Any decision on this approach needs full consultation with both employers and workers and is a finely balanced judgement.

"This announcement from the PM is reckless, and effectively presents the current consultation on the introduction of certificates as a sham."

 
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