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UK Covid live: Sturgeon sets out timetable for easing of restrictions up to April

Scottish first minister says the information about the impact of the vaccination programme is ‘extremely encouraging’

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In the Scottish parliament Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, was asked by Willie Rennie, the Scottish Lib Dem leader, and Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Green co-leader, about “vaccine passports”. Although they both raised similar concerns, she sounded mildly more supportive of the principle than Boris Johnson did when he spoke about them earlier. (See 1.11pm.)

Replying to Rennie, who said he was worried that support for “vaccine passports” was “gaining traction”, Sturgeon said she would not support their use for access to public services. But she went on to say that people should not close their minds to the idea completely.

Yellow fever certificates exist for travel to some countries, so there may well be scope for vaccination giving you the ability to do certain things that without vaccination you might not be able to do.

I agree that there are a lot of things – and I’m not sure that is a huge amount of disagreement between the different governments in the UK on this – we need to think through.

We’ve got to … whatever direction we take, make sure that we have a broad consensus across the country behind it.

Here is the Scottish government’s 93-page Covid strategic framework update (pdf).

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