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Scotland under pressure to abandon vaccine passports

Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney has been urged to drop vaccine passports after a new Oxford study found the double-jabbed are just as likely to pass on Covid to unvaccinated people.

Published: November 23, 2021, 11:33 am

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    The Times has reported on the failure of vaccines in curbing transmission, suggesting that new laws requiring proof of vaccination to enter football grounds and nightclubs would be untenable.

    Swinney claimed that he knew about the research but said he would nevertheless press on with vaccine passports in clubs and sports stadiums.

    The “theoretical option” proposed by the Deputy First Minister is however facing a huge backlash. Customers will soon be required to show a negative Covid test as well as a vaccine certificate before being allowed to attend more indoor venues including pubs, restaurants, gyms and cafés.

    Researchers found the vaccinated were almost as infectious as the unvaccinated 12 weeks after their second AstraZeneca shot. The waning effectiveness of vaccines after 12 weeks was underscored by the Nuffield Department of Medicine, based at the University of Oxford, which co-developed the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    “Transmission reductions declined over time since second vaccination, for Delta reaching similar levels to unvaccinated individuals by 12 weeks for [AstraZeneca] and attenuating substantially for [Pfizer-BioNTech]. Protection from vaccination in contacts also declined in the three months after second vaccination.”

    The Lancet published similar findings last month showing that “the vaccine effect on reducing transmission is minimal in the context of Delta variant circulation”.

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