Chef Marco Pierre White has said that he supports the idea of a vaccine passport for those wanting to dine indoors at restaurants and that they should be made compulsory.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, as the UK's restaurants open up to indoor dining after months of lockdown, the celebrity chef said that he believes the idea of vaccine passports make sense and that they are “really clever”.
Speaking from his Corsham restaurant, he said: "Passports are very good actually, especially if you look at what’s happening in the news."
Across the UK, restaurants began welcoming back diners to their dining rooms as the government lifted restrictions on indoor dining and drinking. However, some have called for caution because of the prevalence of the so-called Indian variant, which has now taken hold in the UK. They claim that the lifting of restrictions is premature and will most likely result in another Covid wave and further lockdowns.
White is backing the idea of a compulsory vaccine passport, something the UK government has looked into but not, as yet, deemed necessary. But the idea of a vaccine passport is divisive, even though other countries have proved that they can be rolled out successfully. The UK currently has one of the highest vaccine rates in the world, with 55% of the population having received a vaccine and 39% fully vaccinated. Israel has successfully adopted a vaccine passport system and has 56% of the population fully vaccinated.