Two-thirds of UK adults support the idea of vaccination passports despite legal and ethical concerns, a poll has revealed.
More than 15 million adults have now received their first dose as the UK leads the way with its vaccine programme.
The rapid rollout has prompted questions about whether the government should introduce vaccine passports for foreign travel – a move previously rejected by Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccine minister, over fears it would be discriminatory.
A new survey of 2,000 adults revealed 68 per cent support vaccination passports for people heading out of the UK on holiday and business.
And 77 per cent think tourists entering the UK should also be able to provide proof they have been vaccinated, the OnePoll survey showed.
The poll found almost half (47 per cent) think the threat of 10 years in prison for lying about their travel to avoid a 10-day quarantine is a fair punishment, with just 37 per cent regarding it as harsh.
And more than a fifth would be happy to pay £1,750 to be quarantined after arriving in the UK from a country on a Covid red list.
Two thirds also support the use of an up-to-date fit to fly certificate saying they don't have Covid-19 so they can travel abroad.
The research, carried out via, showed more than three quarters (77 per cent) are really impressed with the UK’s rollout of the vaccination – with just seven per cent not impressed.
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Half of the public think the Covid-19 vaccine should be compulsory for all adults, while 16 per cent think it should only be compulsory for adults deemed 'at risk' by medical experts.
Almost two thirds (63 per cent) thought it was a good idea for the NHS to use Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine to encourage people to get the vaccine.
But despite the vaccine rollout, just a quarter think people will be able to attend public events like sports matches and music gigs this year.
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If these large-scale events do allow spectators, 72 per cent support the use of vaccine passports or an up-to-date certificate saying you don’t have Covid-19 in order to attend.
And overall, 74 per cent support the government's latest lockdown and its measures, with just 14 per cent opposed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the passports shouldn’t be introduced due to the “critical unknowns” regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission.
It also expressed concerns that while there is limited availability, preferential vaccination of travellers could result in inadequate supplies of vaccines for priority populations considered at high risk of severe Covid-19 disease.
More than a third of those surveyed by Medicspot admitted they were concerned that forcing people to have vaccination passports to go abroad would be a breach of human rights as it could discriminate against those who are waiting for the vaccine, cannot have it, or do not want it.
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