Coronavirus Scotland: Tories and LibDems claim ‘No evidence’ vaccine passports are working in Scotland

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SPAIN Liberal Democrats and Conservatives claimed there was ‘proof’ that vaccine passports work in the fight against Covid-19.

Vaccine passports introduced Scotland It’s been needed by the Scots to provide access to nightclubs and major events, but with rising Covid case numbers, ministers are discussing expanding the plan to other venues that could happen just weeks before Christmas.

Speaking exclusively to The Brian Taylor Podcast, The Herald’s flagship political publication, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton and the Scottish Conservative’s Covid Recovery Spokesman Murdo Fraser, criticized the move and compared the virus rates in Scotland with the UK.

Both sides agreed that negative lateral flow tests would be ‘an improvement’ and ‘more important for infection control’ and

Speaking on the podcast, Mr Cole-Hamilton said: “We’ve had Covid passports for a month and it hasn’t had a tangible impact on infection rates.

“With no Covid ID cards in place, the UK is seeing a steady decline in infection control.

“This is the SNP trying to look like it knows what it’s doing in terms of infection control. If there’s evidence that you need it that there are better alternatives to vaccine passports, then it can be found at COP26.

“COP26 delegates were exempted from needing Covid ID cards, submitted a negative lateral flow test every day, or entered that were superior to Covid ID cards in two ways.

First, it verifies your COVID status on any given day rather than your vaccination status. This is important because then you can distinguish who is sick and who is well, rather than who is vaccinated, and which is much more important for infection control.

“Second, and I think perhaps the most important, and lateral flow testing is just health It doesn’t require anyone, on any given day, to dig deep into your medical records or share parts of your medical records for someone who isn’t your clinician.”

Scottish Conservatives Covid Recovery spokesperson Murdo Fraser added: “I think introducing lateral flow tests as an alternative alongside vaccine passports would be an improvement because it would at least remove the human rights aspect for people who object to having to provide vaccination certificates.

“But it’s not perfect, because it’s still business, there still needs to be people at the door checking the entrance.

“I think there’s a risk in all this that people take the ‘something has to be done’ approach – We have a problem. Something must be done. We don’t know if it’s working or not.

“This is something we asked our scientific advisers at the Covid recovery committee, why are we so much more restrictive in Scotland than south of the border. We have to wear face masks, we have vaccination passports, we don’t have them in the UK, but at the moment the case rates in England, Scotland’s. It’s pretty much the same in the population chair compared to what we have, too.

“So there isn’t a lot of evidence that having tighter controls in Scotland actually makes much of a difference.”

Comments follow Tuesday’s latest news coronavirus Update discussing the expansion of the vaccine passport scheme.

An announcement on whether to expand Scotland’s vaccination passport program was expected on Tuesday, but no final decision has yet been made.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said ministers are still discussing the expansion of the plan and an announcement will be made next week with any changes likely to come into effect from 6 December.