Newbury MP Laura Farris supports the introduction of vaccine passports.

While they have proved to be controversial, the Tory MP says they could reduce the risk of further outbreaks when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The government says certificates showing a person’s vaccination, test or immunity status could “provide reassurance” and “allow some freedoms to be restored more safely”.

It is still considering the introduction of these certificates and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said they would not be rolled out until after indoor hospitality reopens on May 17.

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Mrs Farris insists people should be able to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test, so younger people are not barred from any venues or events while they are waiting for a jab.

“I think it allows much larger groups to mix safely and gives peace of mind,” she said.

“In the short term, I do think it’s right that we think about things that keep people safe as we make the adjustment.

“Obviously, this will be in the short term.

“Obviously, it would be while we are figuring out how effective the vaccination programme has been. At the moment, all the signs are excellent, but we are only halfway through the population.”

She added: “I think anything that helps us avoid another wave of the virus or a further lockdown is something I’m going to take incredibly seriously.”

In a recent report, the government said it is “committed to explore whether and how” Covid-status certificates can be used and they are going to be trialled at several events, including the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

It says these certificates could be required at theatres, nightclubs and sports matches and music festivals, but they “should never be required” on public transport and or at essential shops.

Mrs Farris believes the government “won’t stop” businesses from asking customers to prove they have been vaccinated or tested negative – and it is prepared to work with them to devise a straightforward system.

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The government is exploring plans to update the NHS app, so people can use their mobile phones to prove they have been vaccinated.

But more than 70 MPs, including 41 Tories, have joined a cross-party campaign against the use of Covid passports in the UK.

They have signed a pledge which states: “We oppose the divisive and discriminatory use of Covid status certification to deny individuals access to general services, businesses or jobs.”