GMB – the trade union that represents tens of thousands of hospitality workers – insists any plan to demand vaccine certificates to enter pubs would be reckless and a fast track to undo the gains of the present lockdown.
The union said the scheme would lead to pressure on GPs to fast-track younger patients and could create the potential for false certificates and even a black market for vaccine doses.
It also warned that it could place pub workers in a position where they face violence.
Dan Shears, GMB national health and safety director, commented: “If these reports are true, this will drive demand for vaccination in absolutely the worst way.
“If a vaccine certificate is the only way to access a pub, then most under 50s are essentially barred until they get their jab.
“This will lead to pressure on GPs to fast-track younger patients, false certificates, potential violence for pub workers and even a black market for vaccine doses.”
Mr Shears said certificates would offset all the gains of the present lockdown.
“Any decision on this approach needs full consultation with both employers and workers and is a finely balanced judgment,” he added.