By Harry Bell
Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has today called for an urgent plan of action to fully vaccinate all young people who are beginning university this autumn.
During yesterday’s Covid-19 statement, the party’s education spokesperson, Michael Marra MSP, asked the First Minister what action is planned to ensure these young people are safe and have reduced disruption to their university experience.
It is estimated there are thousands of young people in this position, some starting university for the first time, that would need to receive their first vaccination this week to be fully immunised for the start of the new semester.
The MSP said: “Our young people have missed out on so much already. The Scottish Government must work with our universities to ensure that thousands of new students do not also miss out on protection from the vaccine.
“Simply having been offered an appointment is not enough. This could be weeks away and with progress still to be made in vaccinating 18-29 years olds there is a risk many will not be covered in time.
“By co-ordinating work with Universities all of these new students could be contacted within days and specific arrangements made. These are the young Scots so badly let down by the SQA scandal. They must not be let down again.
“There are specific challenges with those who are 17 years old and about to enter university or college. If vaccination is cleared for under 18s they should dealt with quickly. It is a small group, easily identifiable and ready to go.”