Britons return vaccination passports: more than three quarters say they support them for travel abroad and work as teachers or NHS doctors and six in 10 say they should be needed to visit the pub
- Nearly eight in ten support passports for travel abroad or for visits to care homes
- 62% would support the use by people to have a beer or a meal with their family
- The same percentage believed that economic benefits outweigh all social concerns
The British public is overwhelmingly behind the need for people to show Covid passports, including to go to the pub, a new survey today suggests.
Nearly eight in ten people (78 percent) surveyed by Ipsoso Mori supported people who had to show proof of a coronavirus vaccine to travel abroad or visit people in nursing homes.
And there was strong support for them to work as NHS primary care physicians or in a care home (79 percent) and in schools (69 percent).
It comes amid a backlash against the government’s plans to force nursing home staff to get the shot amid a lower-than-expected admission.
There is also controversial support for the use of passports to be admitted into pubs and restaurants once the hospitality industry reopens.
The idea has been vociferously condemned by industry and politicians on grounds of civil liberties.
But Ipsos Mori found that 62 percent of Britons would support their introduction to people wanting to have a pint or meal with their family, and 63 percent would like them to be used for people going to the gym.
A similar figure felt that the benefits to the economy outweighed all social concerns.
The poll also found that 65 percent of people would be more likely to buy tickets to a “ major public event ” if they knew it has a passport policy.
About 59 percent said they were also more likely to hire a plumber for work on their home if they had proof that they had been vaccinated.
But the British were split on the issue by age and ethnicity, with younger Britons and people from minorities – who have seen lower vaccinations – also gave less support for passports.
Kelly Beaver, general manager of public affairs at Ipsos MORI, said: “Our findings in the UK’s KnowledgePanel show that the public is once again willing to do whatever it takes to get out of this pandemic.
While they recognize the issues surrounding vaccine passports, particularly their potential to exacerbate existing inequalities, their potential importance in ending lockdown and reopening the economy has won the argument for the majority of the British public.
Ipsos Mori interviewed a representative sample of 8,352 people over the age of 16 in the UK. The interviews were conducted online from March 18 to 24.