Regular evidence of the Covid vaccination certification scheme’s continued necessity must be provided by the Scottish Government, according to a letter released today by Holyrood’s COVID-19 Recovery Committee.
The letter, to John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and
Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, follows scrutiny undertaken by the Committee to understand the purpose of the introduction of the vaccine certification scheme, as well as its likely impacts.
In the letter, the Committee asks the Scottish Government to put in place a public information campaign to help people understand the scheme and how to use it. It also calls on the Government to set out a winter plan in order to “enable businesses to adequately prepare” for any further measures that may be required.
Speaking as the letter was published, Committee Convener, Siobhian Brown MSP said:
“Ahead of the introduction of the vaccine certification scheme, our Committee has heard from a range of witnesses.
“It is clear that there are some concerns about how this will work in practice, which is why we are calling on the Government to undertake a wide ranging public information campaign.
“It also has to be clear to the Committee the decision making processes around the continued use of the scheme. In today’s letter we are clear about the need to provide evidence on the impact of transmission and of the effect this is having on the sectors using the scheme.”
A copy of the Committee’s letter can be found here.
Ahead of the scheme’s introduction, the Committee took evidence from a range of stakeholders including Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Ada Lovelace Institute), Professor Christopher Dye FRS, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford and Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission.