PUBS are likely to be able to ban customers who haven't had the Covid vaccine, Boris Johnson hinted today.
The Prime Minister told senior MPs the idea of vaccine passports in pubs "may be up to the landlord" in his biggest suggestion of the scheme yet.
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When asked whether pubs would be able to ban those who haven't had the vaccine, Mr Johnson told the Liaison Committee this afternoon: "I think that's the kind of thing that may be up to individual publicans, it may be up to the landlord.
"The basic concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us…"
The government is already reviewing whether a "Covid-status certification" – or vaccine passport – could play a role in helping the economy get back on its feet.
Boris said the review will both look at whether to introduce the system, or ban businesses from asking people to prove their jab status altogether.
The PM said yesterday: "This is an area where we're looking at a novelty for our country.
"We haven't had stuff like this before, we've never thought in terms of having something that you have to show to go to a pub or theatre.
"So there are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, ethical issues about what the role is for government in mandating people to have such a thing or, indeed, banning people from doing such a thing.
"There are complex issues we need to work out."
He added: "We can't be discriminatory against people who, for whatever reason, can't have the vaccine – there might be medical reasons why people can't have the vaccine, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one.
"Now I think that's a mistake, I think everybody should have a vaccine but we need to thrash all this out."
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