Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, has responded to the First Minister’s weekly Covid-19 ministerial statement. The First Minister outlined the retention of legal restrictions, encouraged limiting interactions, working from home, regular testing and increased testing across the festive period. It had been anticipated that the Covid ID card scheme would be expanded to more locations, but instead a proof of a recent negative lateral flow test will also be acceptable to enter locations currently covered by the Covid ID card scheme.
The rollout of booster vaccinations continues in Shetland. If you are eligible for a booster vaccine you will be contacted by NHS Shetland, you cannot book online. More information can be found at: www.coronavirus.shetland.nhs.scot.
Scottish Liberal Democrats oppose Covid ID cards for domestic purposes. Alex Cole-Hamilton pointed to the lack of evidence in the Scottish Government’s own findings on Covid ID cards.
Ms Wishart responded:
“We are still living with this virus and we must remain vigilant. There is no silver bullet to defeating Covid-19 but vaccination is a key measure that people can get to protect themselves and others from the worst of this virus.
“We know how to disrupt the spread of Covid, and we should not be distracted by the disproportionate Covid ID card scheme. Producing a negative lateral flow test gives a snapshot of your likely Covid status at a moment in time and tells you if you are unwell."
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Lateral Flow Tests can be ordered here.