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Poll Finds More Than 60 Percent Of People Would Carry Vaccine Passports To Get Pubs Open Sooner

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Poll Finds More Than 60 Percent Of People Would Carry Vaccine Passports To Get Pubs Open Sooner

More than 60 percent of people have said they would be happy to carry a vaccine passport if it meant pubs, restaurant and international travel could reopen sooner.

According to a poll from the Sun, 62 percent of Brits would be willing to carry a vaccine passport, while just 15 percent said they wouldn't.

Twenty-three percent said they would only be willing to have one for international travel.

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Earlier this week, travel companies joined together to urge the UK government to introduce vaccine passports to help get travel back up and running sooner.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking him to relax travel advice in the coming weeks and months.

The letter reads: "We know that it is too early to put a specific date on the return of international travel and that there will be a need for flexibility in the approach, but what we need are some principles for restarting travel - recognising that the return to normal life will never be entirely risk free."

In a blog post, chief executive of ABTA, Mark Tanzer said he believes the option of a voluntary vaccine certificate should be on the table - saying it would be 'a real incentive to get people travelling again'.

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He went on to say he believes it would need to be part of a wider plan to open up travel.

He said: "While I strongly believe that being vaccinated, and having evidence of it that is recognised internationally, must be part of the solution to reopening travel - it cannot be the only route.

"There need to be other ways, such as a practical and cost-effective testing regime, to allow those who are yet to be vaccinated to travel."

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The same Sun poll found that just 24 percent of people believed the policy of quarantine hotels as going 'too far'.

Elsewhere, 36 percent believe the government has managed to 'strike the right balance' with its approach to easing restrictions.

This was compared to 11 percent who say it has been 'excessively impatient' and 13 percent who believe it's 'excessively cautious'.

The poll results have been released ahead of Johnson's planned announcement regarding the next steps to ease Britain out of lockdown.

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Johnson is expected to set out his 'roadmap' to MPs in the Commons at around 3.30pm tomorrow (22 February) followed by a televised address later in the evening.

As yet, we don't know what Johnson will say, but its expected he'll act cautiously and introduce a slow, staggered approach to getting things back to normal with schools reopening as a priority.

Its thought non-essential shops will follow with the hospitality sector opening last.

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Topics: UK News

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