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Sturgeon’s ally confirms Scotland ‘considering option’ to check England border access

UK borders ‘still a bit too leaky’ says Nicola Sturgeon

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Checks at the English border are being considered as part of the Scottish Government’s strategy to contain the coronavirus infection rate across the border, Ms Freeman confirmed. The Scottish Health Secretary reiterated the assessment claiming UK Government measures are not sufficient to keep travellers arriving into the country from spreading new Covid strains. Asked whether Scotland would consider the introduction of more stringent border checks to keep people travelling into England from reaching the nation without quarantining, Ms Freeman said the Government is “considering all options.”

The number of vaccine appointments in Scotland will need to be reduced in the next few weeks, Ms Freeman also said.

She said: “The uptake we have seen so far has been both remarkable and very welcome.”

She said a “combination of circumstances – remarkably high uptake, a temporary reduction in supply from Pfizer and the need to ensure people can receive second doses on time means we need to reduce the number of appointments we schedule over the next few weeks.”

Ms Freeman added: “As soon as supply improves our programme will scale up again.”

She said the vaccination programme in Scotland remains on course to hit its targets.

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