Scotland’s licensed trade industry and Holyrood’s opposition leaders are among those urging Sturgeon to rethink her plans. However, the First Minister has said that vaccine passports have a ‘part to play’ in preventing future lockdowns and a rise in COVID-19 cases. This is despite the fact that Sajid Javid announced on Sunday that plans for vaccine passports in England would be scrapped.
Mr Javid told the BBC that: “We shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it”, stating that high vaccine uptake and testing were enough to prevent a large rise in cases over the winter months.
However, Scotland still plan to roll out vaccine passports from October 1.
This will mean that only those who are double jabbed will be able to enter nightclubs or large events such as sports matches.
Sturgeon has defended this decision, stating that the passports are part of a ‘package of measures’.
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However, appearing on Trevor Phillips on Sunday on Sky News she admitted that the passports were unlikely to increase vaccine uptake.
Prof Stephen Reicher, one of Sturgeons Covid advisors, highlighted on social media two new studies suggesting that vaccine passports may backfire as they will make vaccination seem like a control measure.
Paul Waterson, spokesman for the Scottish Licensed Trade Association told The Telegraph: “There’s no evidence that hospitality events are to blame for the rise in cases.
“Westminster have looked at it and have done a U-turn and I believe the same thing should be happening in Scotland.”
The chief executive of Scotland’s professional football league (SPFL) has also condemned these plans, warning that it would not be ‘achievable’ to check that every spectator at every event has been double jabbed.
He urged Sturgeon to consider using spot checks instead, which he said was a more realistic alternative.
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