Jason Leitch in football vaccine passport solution as clinical director hints at change of approach

By Gabriel McKay

National clinical director Jason Leitch admits the Scottish football authorities have a point on vaccine passports, as he indicated that spot checks could be performed instead.

Under new coronavirus rules, from October all attendees at a venue where the crowd exceeds 10,000 must prove that they're double vaccinated.

However, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has raised concerns over the practicality of such a scheme as it relates to football.

Testing tens of thousands of fans at Celtic or Rangers home games could prove a logistical nightmare, with the league chief proposing random spot checks instead.

And the head of Scotland's clinical Covid response has indicated that may well be the way to go.

(Daily Record)

Asked on Radio Clyde if he thought Doncaster's solution could work Leitch replied: "I do and there are scientific ways of working out what that might look like.

"You probably wouldn't check two of 60,000, but you might check a percentage of 60,000.

"You don't need to check all 60,000.

"If you've got a 200 person venue and it's a relatively slow entry then you can probably manage that.

"But the football authorities are right.

"These massive events like rugby at Murrayfield or football at one of our big stadia - it may be that we can use probability and science to get us to a point where we need to know 'X-number' or 'X-percentage' of the big number.

"That will give us an idea of how many are actually being vaccinated.

"Remember this is for those individuals. It's to keep them safe.

"I would expect people to do that in an altruistic way to look after themselves and those around them by being vaccinated".


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