Government adviser says Covid vaccine pub passports won't work

Government advisor Professor Stephen Reicher warned that vaccination cards for pub access could be “counterproductive”.

The Scientific Pandemic Insights Group’s Conductor (Spi-B) member told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “I don’t think the idea of ​​vaccination cards to get into the pub is a good idea, and I think so in many ways that they are could be counterproductive. “

In a small poll in Israel backed by other international studies, he said “the thought of actually making them (vaccines) compulsory created anger and decreased uptake” among those who were already hesitant.

“I think positive incentives, something that gives you something special, is one thing. People are not against vaccination passports traveling internationally. But when it comes to negative incentives to actually exclude people from their everyday life and social activity, then they actually work very differently and people behave very negatively, ”he said

“When it comes to excluding people from everyday life, things are exchanged. In addition, it leads to other problems such as social division.

“We would be in a position where those communities that are less likely to be vaccinated would be excluded from our city centers and from social life, and this would create a whole host of social problems and destroy any sense of community that was so positive in the pandemic. “

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