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Under consideration PE1908: Review the impact of the vaccine passport regulations

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to—

*regularly review the impact of vaccine passport regulations, following their implementation, and
*provide data on how they are used and any benefits that they bring.

Previous action taken

Contacted MSPs Patrick Harvie, Anas Sarwar, Pauline McNeill, Annie Wells and Dr Sandesh Gulhane.

Anas Sarwar MSP said that he did not support vaccine passports as a condition of entry for domestic use.

Dr Gulhane MSP said he was concerned about the lack of information on vaccine passports, how they may affect individual rights and freedoms and the lack of answers in response to questions from Douglas Ross in relation to vaccine passports.

Background information

The Scottish Government's introduction of vaccine passports as condition of entry to venues in Scotland is highly controversial and raises several issues.

Currently there is no accurate data available to suggest that vaccinated people cannot spread the virus to others. However, there is evidence that fully vaccinated individuals can be re-infected. Therefore, in my view, vaccine passports are unjustifiably discriminating against sections of society in the name of health protection mitigation measures which have no basis to control the spread of the virus.

There are also human rights concerns and passports will cause major disruption to people's lives and places of work.

In my view, vaccine passports should not be brought in. Given that they have now been introduced with effect from 1 October 2021, the Scottish Government must regularly review their impact, and provide data to show whether they are working. If they are shown not be effective, they should then be removed.

  • Created by Jeff Bell
  • Considered from 4 October 2021

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