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MetiNews.Com - We asked if people would be happy using a Covid passport if they were introduced. It's fair to say the idea has had a mixed response.
Breaking News ! It's a debate that has divided opinion, provoking strong feelings on either side of the argument - so, would you be happy using a Covid passport if they were introduced?A review is underway into whether people will have to produce such a certificate, that would include proof of vaccination, test results or whether they have had the virus, before being allowed to travel or possibly attend venues such as theatres, clubs and pubs.The initiative is being considered by a panel led by Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove as a way of returning to normality while minimising the risk of another wave of cases.Would you be happy using a Covid passport if they were introduced?But the government faces a battle over their introduction if people have to provide proof of their Covid-19 status before going to events.Responding to the question on the Suffolk News Facebook page, many were adamant they would not be happy. "No chance...," said Mark Vallis. "Another piece of your liberty taken away." var poll162 = new Polls.PollManager("Poll_162", 162);George Bradley is also against Covid passports. He said: "An appalling idea!"Angela Greenway questioned whether it it was possible to know that it would work before being implemented. She argued it would be a 'waste of money', and added: "The track and trace they spent pounds on didn't work so how do they know this will."Meanwhile, Phil Chater said he believes in the idea itself but thinks in practice, there would be issues.A review is underway into whether people will have to produce such a certificate"No. Slippery slope towards institutionalised discrimination," he said. "Don’t get me wrong, I think the intention behind the idea is good but that can soon be forgotten once the door has been opened."Others questioned who would be able to access the information necessary for the passes. Stephanie Papworth said: "It depends how they are produced! If this gives yet more private companies access to medical records then no!It's a debate that has divided opinion, provoking strong feelings on either side of the argument"It doesn’t seem like it would be necessary once the vaccination program is covering everyone if it is rolled out before everyone has been vaccinated then that excludes a lot of people! Waste of yet more money!"There were a number of people who could see the sense of a Covid passport, though, especially to go abroad. "Yes and without one foreign travel would be a thing of the past as many countries will not accept travellers without," Jim June Adams said.
. They could incorporate it with our passports for foreign travel."Some would not have to think twice and say they would be glad to carry one.Covid passports: Taking your liberty away or helping a return to normal life?"Yes, no problem. Already have identity, driving licence, bus pass, library card etc etc, what's wrong with one more? In favour of identity cards also," said Valerie Keen.Dorothy Clarke said: "Yes. In today's technology the government know almost everything about you anyway. Most countries have ID cards."And Dennis Ingate responded to some of those suggesting Covid passports would 'take your liberty away' by saying: "You won't have any liberty without it. You won't be able to go anywhere."Anna Chapman echoed those sentiments and said: "I prefer the right to a normal life again."More than 70 members of parliament have joined a cross-party campaign against Covid passesMeanwhile, more than 70 members of parliament have joined a cross-party campaign against Covid passes.It states: "We oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs."Signatories include former Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, former director of Liberty, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and more than 40 MPs from the Conservative Covid Recovery Group.It is also opposed by civil liberties groups, including Big Brother Watch, whose director Silkie Carlo said: "Our common goal is to emerge from lockdown - healthy, safe and free."But we won’t arrive at freedom through exclusion. Covid passes would be the first attempt at segregation in Britain for many decades, dividing communities without reducing the risks."We are in real danger of becoming a check-point society where anyone from bouncers to bosses could demand to see our papers."We cannot let this government create a two-tier nation of division, discrimination and injustice.”Read more: All the latest news from Suffolk
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