Wishart seeks assurances that access to Protect Scotland app will be expanded

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has today sought assurances that the Protect Scotland app will continue to be developed so more people are able to download it. The contract tracing app is currently unavailable to some people with older smartphones.

Speaking virtually in Parliament, Ms Wishart noted that some people are frustrated they can’t download the Protect Scotland app because they don’t have the most up to date technology. Ms Wishart asked the Health Secretary if the government is working to include those who are currently excluded so everyone can do their bit to help control the spread of COVID-19

In response Ms Freeman confirmed that developers are working to add functionality to the app so individuals with older phones will be able to download it. She committed to keep parliament updated.

Commenting, Ms Wishart said:

“I’m glad that so many people across Scotland have downloaded the Protect Scotland app. It’s important that Test and Protect has variety of tools that can be used to track people who might have come into contact with the virus.

“People have contacted me to express their frustration that they can’t download the app because their smartphone doesn’t have a compatible operating system. Individuals want to do their bit to help stop the spread of the virus so I hope progress is made quickly to add functionality so the that the app is available to more people. The more people that can use the app the more useful it will be. Barriers to participation in public health initiatives should be reduced as much as possible.”

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