Britain is considering implementation of a vaccine certificate that could be used to allow or deny entry of an individual to things like a grocery store, U.K. outlets reported.
The idea, which was first suggested by vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi in November before being roundly denied, has gained a second life with Foreign Minister Dominic Raab telling British radio station LBC it was still a possibility.
"Well, it's something that hasn't been ruled out," Raab said. "It's under consideration, but of course you've got to make it workable. I think the thing with when I've looked at this, whether it's at the international, domestic, or local level, you've got to know that the document that is being presented is something you can rely on – that it is an accurate status of the individual.
"So, I'm not sure there's a foolproof answer in the way that sometimes it's presented, but we'll look at all the options."
Raab added, it was the up to the government if or how the proposal would be legal.
"In terms of the law that would apply, that's something that's the prerogative of the government and parliament," he continued. "But what we want to do is make sure there's enough confidence in the national rollout, that when we're in a position to open non-essential retail and, in due course after that, hospitality, people can do so confidently.
"The legalities and the mechanisms, that all needs to be worked out. And the prime minister, I said, will give a clearer sense of the direction of travel on Feb. 22."
However, not all members of the ruling Conservative Party are on board with the idea.
Parliament member Mark Harper said Britain should never "get to a position where we are telling people they can't do things unless they have been vaccinated with COVID," told LBC.
"For everyday life, I don't think you want to require people to have to have a particular medical procedure before they can go about their day-to-day life," he said. "That is not how we do things in Britain."
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