Nadhim Zahawi, the British Minister for Vaccines, said vaccination should be voluntary, but a phone app used for contact tracing can include a person’s vaccination status, which companies could use.
“But I also think you will probably find that restaurants, bars, cinemas and other places, sports venues, will probably also use this system as they did with the app,” Zahawi told BBC.
“The kind of pressure will come both ways: from the service providers – who will say ‘look, show us you’ve been vaccinated’ – but we’ll also make the technology as easy and accessible as possible,” a- he added. according to Reuters.
When asked if Zahawi would be next to impossible to do anything without the vaccine, he said: “I think people have to make a decision, but I think you will probably find that many providers of services will want to engage in this the way they do with the app. ”
Several COVID-19 vaccines are set to be distributed in the US and UK in recent weeks, as the worldwide death toll has reached 1.4 million people. The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted businesses around the world, with closures halting operations.
Moderna announced Monday that he will apply for emergency use authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration for his vaccine, which it says is 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 and 100 % against severe COVID-19. The UK, among other countries, is already conducting reviews of the vaccine.
Zahawi declined to say when a vaccine would be available as none have yet been approved for use.
He also noted to the BBC that Google, Facebook and Twitter needed to do more fact-checking on anti-vaccine posts to improve the public’s outlook on vaccinations, Reuters reported.