McArthur secures reassurance over vaccine certification issues

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Tuesday) secured reassurance from the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, over ongoing issues relating to vaccine certificates for those in receipt of vaccinations in different parts of the UK.

Following the latest Covid-19 statement to Parliament this afternoon, Mr McArthur questioned Mr Swinney over issues raised by constituents who have received one vaccine in Scotland but another in either England or Wales and remain unable to get a valid certificate.

Mr McArthur sought assurances from the Deputy First Minister that these issues were being resolved and, meantime, that members of the public would not be left being "pushed from pillar to post".

In response, Mr Swinney confirmed that "these issues are being resolved" and went onto add that any individual cases raised with Ministers would be taken up and dealt with, wherever possible.

Commenting after the exchange, Mr McArthur said:

"Scotland now recognises vaccine certificates from 130 countries around the world. However, I have been contacted by a number of constituents over recent weeks who have been unable to acquire a valid certificate due to having been vaccinated in two different parts of the UK.

"It beggars belief that a solution has not yet been found to this situation. Given the increasing requirement to have such a ‘vaccine passport’, the impasse is proving even more of an inconvenience by the day.

"I welcome the Deputy First Minister's acknowledgment of the problem and assurance that steps are being taken to resolve it.

"Meantime, given Mr Swinney’s assurance that individual cases would be dealt with, I would encourage any constituent who is experiencing similar difficulties to get in touch with me and I will be happy to raise it with Ministers."

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