Naga Munchetty corrects herself amid confusion over hospitality vaccine passports

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Naga Munchetty, 45, had to clarify some information for her Radio 5 Live listeners on Monday, after a discussion about vaccine passports got a little bit confusing. Speaking to a guest called Lee, who has refused to have his vaccine for believing that implementing passports as a requirement in pubs and restaurants is “one step too far”, the BBC Breakfast star had to revisit their interview later on in the show to make it clear that the review of the proposal is still pending. On her Monday show, the biggest topic of the day was the reopening of all hospitality sectors indoors, which was a huge relief for thousands of businesses across the country.

Let me just clarify…

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And as of Monday, many people were also jetting off on their first holiday abroad for over a year.

While discussing the Government’s vision for vaccine passports which prove the individual has been vaccinated against Covid via a new NHS app for travelling abroad, Lee raised his concerns over implementing them in the hospitality industry.

While he pointed out they were still an option pending a review by Michael Gove, Naga insisted they were off the table.

She later had to correct herself as the facts had got a little muddled.

“Let me just clarify,” she said, “vaccine passports or Covid certificates are not required to get into pubs or restaurant from today (17th May) as yet.

“But we don’t have any confirmation from the Government that they will not be introducing them at a later date.

“So, Lee was correct on that point.”

She continued to explain that Boris Johnson previously suggested pub-goers could be asked to provide proof of vaccination once all adults have been offered a first jab by the end of July.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove has been conducting a review about how they might work, which will be published soon.

Earlier on in the show, 40-year-old Lee explained why he has refused to have his vaccine, saying: “My point of view is, I’d happily take the vaccine, I’d book it today but that’ll lead to one thing and it’s the idea that we’ll need a vaccine passport for domestic use.

“Going about our own business in non-essential places; going to the bar, restaurants, libraries, whatever – and you’d have to [have one].”

He went on to say that as soon as Gove reveals that it won’t be necessary to have that much “domestic control”, he will book in for his jab.

Naga was curious whether he had the same stance for international passports, which Lee said he didn’t.

“That’s another thing if you want to go to another country but controlling how British people moving around Britain, it shouldn’t be done like that,” he explained.

The BBC host went on to state that the idea of implementing for them in pubs and restaurants was dropped in April, but Lee was adamant that wasn’t the case.

“No, as far as I’ve seen it’s on Michael Gove coming back…”

Naga interrupted: “No, it’s off the menu for pubs and restaurants, what’s likely to be recommended after the Government’s review is for large events like big concerts, big stadium events.”

Lee replied: “Still not comfortable with that.”

Naga suggested it’s “reasonable behaviour” for everyone who attends the large events to feel safe that all the people there would have had a vaccine and been tested but she was interrupted by Lee who reverted the conversation back to hospitality.

“Any chance knowing when this was taken off the table?” he pandered.

“Because every time I’ve looked – it hasn’t.”

Naga said: “You can go to the pub today without passport,” to which he retorted: “I can go to the pub, I know that.”

“But it’s not been taken off the table…”

The conversation got a little awkward as the pair went back and fourth before she thanked her guest for his input and moved on.

The Government says there will be some places where Covid passports will never be required – such as essential shops, public services, and public transport.

It has also said there will be exemptions for some people “for whom vaccination is not advised, and repeat testing is difficult”.

Nevertheless, proposals for vaccine passports have been criticised as “dangerous, discriminatory and counterproductive” by dozens of MPs.

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