A top covid consultant for Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Scots should limit the number of people they meet each week as a way to reduce covid infections.
Professor Devi Sridhar said the vaccine passport scheme could be extended to more places and “tightening of indoor settings where it is risky”.
Under current rules, people over 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and major events such as concerts and football matches.
The University of Edinburgh Global Health Academic also supported the extension of the covid vaccine booster program to those under 40 years of age.
It comes as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to give a covid update to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday with a growing expectation that some rules could be strengthened.
Around 3,000 people are currently testing positive for coronavirus in Scotland every day, but hospitalizations caused by the virus are starting to decline.
“I think we need to shift from talking about restrictions to protection – ultimately we put these in place to protect people from getting covid, especially those who are vulnerable or elderly,” she told the BBC.
“I think it’s looking at simple things again.
“Make sure people wear their face masks in public transportation and in stores, encourage people to take their boosters when offered, and people who have not been vaccinated to go to a drop-in clinic and get it .
“No one regrets getting their vaccine – but there are many people who regret that they ended up in the hospital and wished they had been vaccinated at that time.
“And to limit our contacts when we go into the winter in terms of the quality of who you see every day during the week rather than quantity.
“Because the more people you meet, the greater the likelihood that one of these people will be contagious.”
Asked what new “protections” the Scottish Government could impose, Sridhar said: “I would think that by looking at other countries there would be a tightening of indoor frameworks where it is more risky.
“Asking for certification when entering an indoor environment. Making sure people are double-vaccinated. Asking for a negative PCR test.
“The virus finds people who are unvaccinated, and it spreads at such a high level that it also finds people who are double-vaccinated, but much more fragile.”
She added: “I would say at this point that we need to increase it. If you look at public opinion polls, they will have this as they want to continue their lives by going to restaurants, going to hotels and going to gyms.
“We want everything to stay open and we want people to stay in jobs.” We want society to be open and mixed, but we want to do it in a more secure way so we can not see that the measures be introduced in Europe. “
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