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UK public in favour of Covid vaccine passports for events, YouGov survey reveals

A recent survey revealed that 64 per cent of UK respondents support the idea of showing proof of vaccination to attend large events.

The annual YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project surveyed 26,000 people in 26 countries, including 10 European countries, and found support in favour of the Covid vaccine passport for access to large events.

Support was also high in other European nations, including France with 59 per cent of respondents in favour, and in Germany 62 per cent of respondents were in favour of a vaccine passport for large sporting events and concerts.

Outside Europe, 51 per cent of respondents in the US and 69 per cent in Australia said they backed a vaccine passport for large events.

However, favour for vaccine passports fell across the board for activities including travelling on public transport, eating in restaurants, going to bars or cafes or for indoor exercise at gyms.

The recent results come after the consistent rejection of the vaccine passport from the UK government, with only Scotland requiring a vaccine passport for entry to nightclubs and large events up until 6 December when a negative lateral flow test will suffice.

Back in April 2021 when the UK Government was considering the use of vaccine passports for large events, members of parliament called the idea “dangerous, discriminatory and counterproductive”. In July 2020, prime minister Boris Johnson declared a vaccine passport wouldn’t be compulsory for events but urged venues and operators to make use of the NHS App and vaccine certification.

During this time, M&IT Expert Liz Taylor, corporate event planner and MD of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, added that from an event planner’s perspective, asking for a person’s Covid status could be seen as an infringement on their human rights, something that has been proven across Europe as some nation tighten restrictions again as Covid cases rise.

Recently, Austria imposed restrictions on all unvaccinated residents and stated vaccinations will be compulsory from February, while Germany has announced plans to limit leisure activities for unvaccinated people in places with high hospitalisations rates. These restrictions have led to widespread protests with thousands of people taking to the streets across European cities, holding anti-vaccination signs.

The full results of the survey can be accessed here.

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