Saturday, October 23, 2021

Vaccine passports can backfire, Scottish MPs told

Two medical experts told the Scottish Parliament on Thursday that the introduction of vaccine passports could lead to stronger opposition to vaccines among those who are already distrustful.

Scotland’s Vaccine Passport scheme for nightclubs and large events officially begins at 5 a.m. on 1 October, although the grace period means businesses will not face the threat of enforcement action until 18 October.

Under the scheme, all adults must prove, with certain exemptions, that they have access to nightclubs, sexual entertainment venues, unseat live events with more than 500 spectators, outdoor unseat live events with more than 4,000 spectators Fully vaccinated to enter. and other events with over 10,000 spectators.

Giving evidence to the legislature’s COVID-19 Recovery Committee, Professor John Drury from the University of Sussex described what he called the “backfire effect”, where anti-vaccine views are tough.

“Some groups become strict, rather than motivated to be vaccinated, to be rigid in their anti-vaccination approach because they perceive and understand the scheme as a form of control,” he said.

Professor Stephen Reicher from the University of St Andrews said vaccine certification schemes could be a “double-edged sword”.

“We have data to show that in high-trust individuals and communities you find that the likelihood of a vaccine passport increases the intention to vaccinate,” he said.

“Whereas for people who have less trust in communities like the black community — where you have less trust — it can actually not only have an effect but it can actually increase protests.”

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The Night Time Industries Association Scotland attempted to block the introduction of Vaccine Passport, arguing that the scheme was “discriminatory” and “irregular”.

But the legal challenge was dismissed in court, as Judge Lord Burns said the measure was an attempt “in a balanced manner” to address “legitimate concerns” arising from the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus pandemic.

Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, Oxford University Professor Christopher Dye said he was surprised to see that unlike vaccine passport schemes in other European countries, the Scottish plans do not include the option of a negative test. Vaccination option.

Dye said the benefit of providing the option is that “it provides a back-up for people who really don’t want to be vaccinated or can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.”

But a government minister said offering the option could “undermine” the government’s certification plan.

“The benefits of a focused plan aimed at increasing vaccine take-up rates will potentially be underestimated by an alternative route to trial evidence,” said John Swine, Scotland’s COVID recovery secretary.

But he said the government would continue to consider whether testing could be included as well.

Lily Zhou and PA contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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