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Scots need clarity on vaccine passports from Scottish Government

The last thing that anyone wants is for Covid case numbers to climb so high that our hospitals are placed under even greater strain.

The evidence is clear that the best way to break the link between infection and serious illness is to be vaccinated.

Those most at risk – like people with serious underlying health conditions – don’t need that explained to them.

But across Scotland, some 25 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 have still not received a first vaccine shot.

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That number is simply far too high.

We must do everything that we can to encourage younger Scots to get jabbed when they are offered a dose.

No one wants a return to lockdown or even the reintroduction of lesser restrictions on businesses.

It’s for that reason that vaccine passports make sense.

If people are to congregate in close proximity in clubs, gigs or football matches, it makes sense that it’s in a safe manner that reduces the chance of infection. That said, there are big questions still to be answered over how the system will work.

Checking QR codes for 50,000 fans at Ibrox or Parkhead on matchdays sounds like a logistical nightmare.

And nightclub bosses like Donald MacLeod are right to ask why the night-time economy is being singled out.

The Cathouse owner questions why late-night pubs are exempt but smaller gig venues must insist on vaccine passports.

It’s crucial that the Scottish Government gets this right before it’s introduced or it risks losing public confidence.

Listen to Francis

Francis McGowan may seem an unlikely human rights advocate.

A life of crime, drug addiction and jail followed child abuse when he was just nine.

He spent decades on methadone and for the past five years has been actively seeking a path to a life free of drugs.

The Record has written extensively about the barriers to treatment amid our ever rising drug deaths.

Francis knows all about these barriers.

He has been told there’s no funding – the biggest barrier. He’s been told he’s not ready to get off his script.

And he’s been struck off doctors’ registers for missing appointments amid the chaos of his drug addicted life.

His meeting with Scotland’s drugs minister Angela Constance would have been packed with real information on what can be done to match services to patients now some decent funding is available.

The minister would do well to listen.

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