Echo 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 Sunderland Echo 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.

Here are some of your views from the Sunderland Echo Facebook page:

Kathy Stewart: “I think in the end people will have to decide for themselves whether they feel safe going to crowded events or going on holiday. Even with so-called certification of being vaccinated many will still be nervous.”

Del Ramsay: “Good question, but you can have the vaccine but it does not stop you getting Covid. It’s like the flu jab, it only helps you fight the flu so the idea of having a certificate defeats the object.”

Chris Cornwell: “If that’s the case where have various other certificates for a whole host of transmissible diseases been? It’s a very dangerous path to tread.”

Dean Marshall: “I’ve had jab number one and will hopefully have number two in a couple of months, but this seems a bit unfair to those, say under 50, who won’t get it till late summer, at the earliest!”

Craig Seago: “There should be a traffic light system; green for fully vaccinated. Amber, for those who aren’t medically able to have one. Red for those who refuse to have their jab.”

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Craig Henderson: “I don’t understand anyone arguing that this is not acceptable. If you wanna go to the footy, or a gig, and be confident of maximum safety, you’re gonna need to show you’re inoculated.”

Tom Cuthbertson: “We are told Covid is not going to go away so we all have a duty to do what’s best.”

Bryony Jade Fucile: “It concerns me that it's another way to divide and conquer, the haves and have nots.”

Ian Lundell: “Yes. 100%. Use it for everything to get us back to normal.”

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