PETER Andre's doctor wife Emily supports the controversial coronavirus vaccine passport scheme – but only with certain exceptions.
The government's desire to introduce a certificate or 'passport' system to help accelerate the country's post-lockdown recovery has proven divisive.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to play down fears the certificates, which will show who has and hasn't been vaccinated, are a threat to liberty by insisting it would be a temporary measure.
Writing in her latest column for OK!, Emily said she backs the measures.
She said: "I do understand people’s worries when it comes to the possibility of a Covid status certification scheme – or a vaccine passport.
“For me personally, I’d be happy for this to happen as long as there were some exemptions, for example, children, pregnant women, and people who can’t have the vaccine for medical reasons.
“It would be unfair to penalise certain groups who are currently unable to get vaccinated."
And reiterating her stance that there is more to be gained than lost, she added: “If it takes a vaccine passport to get out and about and get things opening up again, then I’m all for it."
An online petition was recently started urging the government not to introduce vaccine passports.
The petition says the passports could be "used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine".
PM Johnson announced a review of vaccine certificates, or passports.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has been appointed to look at the issues involved in any scheme, which could see the existing NHS app updated to include proof of vaccination.
Human rights group Liberty has also expressed concerns about the passports.
The group’s head of policy and campaigns, Sam Grant, said vaccine passports could "create a two-tier society where some people can access support and freedoms, while others are shut out – with the most marginalised among us hardest hit".
He added: "The road out of lockdown can't ride roughshod over our rights.
"That's why we need the Coronavirus Act to be repealed, and replaced with strategies that provide support to help people to follow health guidance.
"That means rejecting proposals like immunity passports which are based on exclusion and division. Instead, we must work to bridge divides with strategies that protect everyone."
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