Gazette readers have their say on Covid certificates as Government review into their use continues

Would you support the introduction of coronavirus certification to facilitate the return of large-scale events and other activities?

We put the question to Shields Gazette readers on our Facebook page, as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed a review – led by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove – was underway into their potential use.

Mr Dowden said a number of things would be piloted to allow people back into events in “significant numbers” but added that no final decisions had been made.

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And this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Commons committee that pub landlords may be allowed to set rules on Covid certificates for their own venues.

A message from the Beat Covid NE campaign, taken earlier in 2021.

Trade body UKHospitality has criticised the prospect of pubs and restaurants being subject to vaccine certificates, saying it could cause conflict between staff and customers.

Here are some of your views from the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

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Karen Dawson: “Yes definitely. So long as people who are medically unable to have the vaccine have the option to take a rapid flow test instead.”

Pete Bogg: “Large events, pubs, restaurants, everywhere – yes.”

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Nikki Petters: “I got my Covid jab, first one Oxford, can't wait for 10 weeks’ time I am happy to carry a Covid passport so we can get back into events.”

Dean Phinn: “Organisers have lost enough money as it is they'll want all the custom they can get.”

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Kevin Leary: “Yes, in the short term , if it helps pubs and smaller shops to reopen earlier.”

Donna Ord: “Ok if you’ve had your jab, pretty awful if you haven't through no fault of your own, i.e. good health/age.”

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Ray Carrick: “I say yes because as long as this virus is doing its rounds it can change and mutate and possibly get past the vaccine.”

Iain Winston Coult: “No. Human rights are human rights. Some people don't want to have the vaccine and some can't have it due to health conditions.”

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