Carmichael condemns ‘flip-flopping’ over vaccine passport

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has criticised the Scottish government for what he describes as “flip-flopping” over so-called vaccine passports.

The Orkney and Shetland MP welcomed today’s announcement Scotland will move “beyond level zero” on Covid restrictions from Monday. He said it would be particularly beneficial for tourism and hospitality. 

However, he said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared to have again reversed her position on vaccine passports, putting the plans back on the table after they were ruled out last week.

Ms Sturgeon said the government was considering the limited use of Covid status certification for access to certain high risk venues, though she stressed any decisions would be taken carefully and in consultation with parliament.

 Mr Carmichael said: “My biggest concern is that once again the First Minister has flip-flopped on vaccine passports. Just last week John Swinney ruled them out but it appears that they are back on the table. “


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  • Charles L. Gallagher

    • August 4th, 2021 19:50

    Alistair, if anyone is flip-flopping then it’s the UK Govt. of Bojo. Personally, I can’t understand this great reluctance for I’m sure Alistair well remember the days when you needed to be stuffed full of vaccines in fact Airlines like BOAC, PanAm, etc would not let you check-in if your vaccines were not up-to-date and there also was a vaccine centre at Heathrow open 24hrs a day.

    So, Alistair, your efforts should be at persuading Bojo to open a dialogue with the WHO and other world leaders to agree to a worldwide standard for a vaccine passport that would be acceptable to all, it worked well before computers and smartphones so why shouldn’t it work again. The only problem I foresee is getting Bojo to work with others.


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