Approval of vaccination certificates varies by age

One in three UK adults who expect to take an overseas holiday in the next year consider it important travellers are required to have a vaccination certificate, according to research for Travel Weekly.

But the figures vary widely by age. Just 18% of adults aged 16-24 back vaccination certificates for travel and barely one quarter (23%) of those aged 25-44.

In fact, even among those aged 45-54 only 29% of consumers planning a holiday consider vaccination certificates ‘important’. Only among those aged 55 and over do a majority back certification – 55% among 55-64-year-olds and 67% of those aged 65 and above.

The results no doubt reflect contrasting rates of vaccination and risks of Covid-19 infection by age.

However, other surveys have suggested much higher rates of support for vaccine certificates for travellers. For example, a YouGov of 2,000-plus UK adults in April found 77% agreed that ‘Anyone traveling overseas should be required to provide a vaccine passport’, including 65% among the youngest adults.

Yet a majority of the YouGov respondents did not intend to travel. The research on behalf of Travel Weekly suggests high rates of ‘support’ for certificates among the general population may not reflect attitudes among many younger travellers.

The survey was conducted among 1,278 UK adults on May 4-6.

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