Business owners say ‘get vaccinated Brits back in stores’ to aid their recovery

Independent retailers are among other business owners that are considering inviting COVID-vaccinated customers back into their premises, en-masse, in an attempt to save their businesses.

As the COVID-19 vaccination is actively being rolled out to the UK’s nine high priority groups first, the social, economic and health benefits of getting vaccinated people out of isolation and back to the places they miss most will be undeniable.

New research has revealed that 92 per cent of independent public-facing company owners in the retail, hospitality, leisure and travel sectors are thinking of inviting customers who can prove their vaccination status back as soon as possible.

myGP is the UK’s largest independent GP booking and healthcare management app; it has been inundated with enquiries after announcing its intention to provide the people in England with a simple, clear means of communicating their verified vaccination status, via their smartphone.

Currently planned for release next month, the myGP TICKet will allow businesses whose viability depends upon operating at capacity – such as the retail sector – the ability to open either full or part-time to vaccinated individuals, without the need to observe strict social distancing rules.

In addition, the technology will reduce the administrative burden on GPs, who will likely be busy with requests for verification of vaccination status as people begin to return to everyday life around the country.

Tobias Alpsten, the innovator behind myGP TICKet and Founder and CEO of iPLATO Healthcare and myGP, comments on why so many businesses – as well as the NHS – can benefit from using the vaccination status checker as a temporary ‘business survival’ measure:

“There are more than six million businesses on their knees in the UK today, which not only impacts the economy, but also the mental and physical health of their owners and employees.

“Many of the businesses we have spoken with about introducing ‘temporary access events’ for vaccinated customers are calling it a short-term lifeline – a way to get the tills ringing as soon as possible, as they make a slow return to a ‘new normal’.

“Considering that 38 per cent of people in the UK aged 75-84 and 59 per cent of those aged 85+ live alone, getting out, once fully vaccinated, is going to be a vital part of their health and social recovery, which will help to alleviate the strain on the UK’s NHS and social care system.”