No Covid-19 vaccine passports for kids - ever
On 10 November 2021, Scottish Goverment Health Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, stated that the possibility of Covid vaccine passports for children is being kept under review.
He said: "All under 18 year olds are exempt from our COVID-19 status certification scheme. We will, however, keep this under review as the vaccine is rolled out to younger age groups, which takes into account important factors such as disruption to education." (See https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees...)
This is despite the fact that the government’s vaccine committee, the JCVI, said there was not enough benefit to warrant offering 12-15 year olds the Covid vaccine on health grounds only.
Before commencing the vaccine rollout to children, the four Chief Medical Officers of the UK nations stated that young people and their parents need to be supported in the decision they make and there should be 'no stigma attached' to deciding not to have the vaccine.
Including children in vaccine certification, without which they cannot participate in things like football matches, gigs and visits to the cinema is most certainly coercive, manipulative and abhorrent.
Vaccine certification for children should NOT be kept under ongoing review - it should not even be a possibility in a civilised society. It should be explicitly ruled out, now and in the future, by the Scottish Government.
We cannot allow what is happening in Austria, where unvaccinated children aged 12+ are now under lockdown, or in other parts of the world where unvaccinated children cannot attend school, to happen in Scotland.