Recognizing that Britons going abroad will have to show if they have had a COVID jab, the Prime Minister noted how other countries and airlines are already addressing the issue.
“On the issue of vaccine certification, there will certainly be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports,” he said during a visit to Middlesbrough on Thursday.
“You can already see that other countries, the aviation industry, are interested in these and there is a logic to that. ”
And Mr Johnson also admitted that a similar COVID certification scheme – showing whether someone has had a vaccine, has immunity from having previously had coronavirus, or has tested negative – ‘will be helpful’ in the UK – United.
He previously suggested that Britons might have to show such proof of their COVID status before entering a pub.
“I think when it comes to trying to make sure that we put the maximum amount of trust in businesses and customers here in the UK, there are three things: there’s your immunity, if you have it. have had it before, so you have natural antibodies, if you’ve been vaccinated, and then, of course, if you’ve been tested, ”Mr Johnson added.
“These three things that work together will serve us well as we move forward. ”
The PM made the comments after being asked about the Labor leader Suggestion de Sir Keir Starmer that “British instinct” will be against the introduction of COVID passports for places like pubs.
The government is currently reviewing the possible use of COVID certification to help reopen certain sectors of the economy.
But such proposals – which have been dubbed “newspaper for the pub” – have met with sharp criticism from a number of Conservative MPs, as well as many others in the hospitality industry.
Speaking later Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock cautioned against rejecting the idea that people must provide proof of their COVID status as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
“Obviously we’re going to need this type of certification in some areas – like going abroad because other countries will need it,” he said.
“So the NHS is making sure we’re ready for people to show if you’ve had a vaccine, or even a recent test for travel purposes. And we are looking to do it at the national level.
“I think rejecting something like that is the wrong thing to do. The right thing to do is take a detailed look at how we can open things up in the safest way. ”