Users of online dating apps and sites will be able to choose the badge they display with their profile to show if they’ve had a vaccination or support vaccination efforts.
However, there will be no way to verify whether or not the people who display the vaccination badge in their files have actually been vaccinated.
Dating apps such as Tinder, Match, Hing, Badoo, Plante or Fish, Ortimes and MozMatch have joined the project, which will be implemented in partnership with the British government.
In May, the United States floated the idea of insemination badges in dating apps.
Some apps include additional incentives for people who say they’ve been vaccinated, such as getting free credits or accessing special features that usually cost more, like boosting a profile, offering virtual roses, and “super likes.”
The Bumble app will also enable its members to exchange dating preferences related to the epidemic such as views on social distancing, mask wearing, and whether users feel comfortable meeting other people in crowded places.
A recent opinion poll organized by the British government website “Yougav” of about 5,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that only 28 percent of respondents said they would not date someone who had not received the vaccine, while 2 percent of them said they would not date someone who had received the vaccine.
In England and Wales, people over the age of 30 are now eligible to receive the vaccination. In Northern Ireland, vaccination is now available for people over the age of 18.
The government says that about 40 million Britons have so far received at least the first dose of vaccination, which includes two doses at two separate times.
There are, however, some concerns about the status of vaccines and the associated privacy.
Last month, England’s National Health Service revised its reservation system after receiving complaints about capping the number of vaccinations a person had received by entering basic details such as the person’s name and postal code.
Privacy campaigner Dr. Stefati Hare said that because the dating app badge is voluntary and does not require any official documentation, the risk of privacy damage is low.
“This is very common when dating in the gay community (LGBT community) to share information about HIV status,” she added.
The government’s Covid vaccine dating program has not yet included LGBT apps such as Grinder and Scraff.