PUB landlords could be allowed to require customers to provide proof they are vaccinated against coronavirus, according to Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister told the Commons Liaison Committee it may be left up to 'individual publicans' as to whether they can ask punters for vaccine passports to enter venues.

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Ministers are currently reviewing the possibility of introducing a document providing proof that a person has either been vaccinated against the virus or tested negative as part of the drive to return to normality.

Combining the two is understood to be one option being considered to avoid discriminating against those who decline the jab for health or other reasons.

Conservative MP William Wragg, chairman of the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, asked the Prime Minister if “Covid vaccine certification” could be required for pub-goers.

Mr Johnson replied: “I think that that’s the kind of thing – it may be up to individual publicans, it may be up to the landlord.”

Trade body UKHospitality criticised the prospect of pubs and restaurants being subject to vaccine certificates as 'simply unworkable' and said it could cause conflict between staff and customers.

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Mr Johnson told MPs the 'concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us' as he referred to the requirement of doctors to be vaccinated against hepatitis B.

But Conservative MP and former minister Steve Baker warned it could create a 'two-tier Britain' for those who are unable to take up the vaccine for medical reasons.

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