After the past 12 months I’ll take a passport to the pub any day
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After the past 12 months I’ll take a passport to the pub any day

It’s true to say I like a drink now and then. My tastes have changed over the years and at the moment I’m a fan of so-called craft beers. But here’s the thing, I don’t go to the pub very often.

Every now and then, probably no more than three or four times a year, I might nip to the pub but my real purpose isn’t to drink (although I might have a pint or two) it’s to eat.

So I’m finding it very strange that as lockdown has gone on, I am developing something akin to an overwhelming urge to go out drinking. I quite fancy a craft beer crawl around Manchester, although I’d also settle for a pint of fizzy lager in my local.

I don’t know why but I just want to go back to the pub – but I also don’t want to contract Covid-19.

So on the face of it, the idea of some kind of vaccine passport appeals to me. I’ve already had one jab and my second is due early next month, so by mid-May I’m as safe and protected as I’m going to be.

Just imagine, if it can be proved that everyone else in the pub is all jabbed up as well, how much more relaxing would that be.

And yes, I do realise this is selfish on my part and that the idea of vaccine passports is not without problems. It also appears that the Government can’t make its mind up about them either.

On the one hand, various government ministers have warned that a vaccine passport could be discriminatory.

Happy days for all those who have had both jabs, but what about those who can’t be vaccinated for whatever reason? Or given the vaccine roll-out is likely to slow down, what about those younger people who really want the jab but who have to wait until it’s their turn. Just imagine the situation, pubs full of pensioners clinking their glasses together and having a good old singsong while all the Millennial’s are stuck outside with their little faces pressed against the window, forlornly looking in. At least us post-60-year-olds will have some benefit for our…

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