Covid chaos: Decision to close Scottish mass vaccination centre due to COP26 climate plans described as ‘madness’

Posted: July 17, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, opinion, Politics

Jabs no more

Climate conference or Covid jabs, folks? Hardly worth asking — it wouldn’t be the conference. But then, those concerned don’t get asked if they want to delay, or go elsewhere for, their jabs so 20,000 foreigners (all fully jabbed?) can invade Glasgow for a chin-wag about the weather.
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A decision to permanently close one of Scotland’s key mass coronavirus vaccination centres at the end of this weekend has been described as “madness”, reports inews.

The facility at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow will close at the end of Sunday in preparation for the COP26 climate change conference in November.

Between now and then it is also due to host a series of concerts featuring artists including Genesis, Haim and McFly.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said it was switching its focus away from mass vaccination centres and towards mobile facilities and drop-in centres in local communities.

The vaccination centre moved to the SSE Hydro in April following the closure of NHS Louisa Jordan, the temporary hospital at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre.

The decision to close the venue was criticised by Holyrood’s opposition parties, who pointed out that the vaccination programme was nowhere near complete.

Earlier this week, Scotland’s Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said he feared only 70 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds would have had their first dose by the end of Sunday.

Addressing Mr Yousaf on Twitter, Glasgow Labour MSP Pauline McNeill said: “You must step in and stop this madness – at least until we have all our citizens double vaccinated.”

She added: “I can hardly believe this. Glasgow did have the highest levels of the virus and the slowest levels of vaccine rollout and the Hydro is to close on Sunday.

“We need this facility until everyone is double vaccinated. This is literally a race against this deadly virus.”

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: “The Health Secretary had better be sure that this will not delay anyone from getting their vaccine.”

Full report here.

  1. saighdear says:

    Mechty aye, Just about sums up the entire scandal.
    BTW – just remembered anyone see / hear the report about Scot Gov giving green grants out:the Falkirk Wheel Canal Boat lift It was boasted just HOW LITTLE power was used to rotate the Lift ( only a few kW ( 3kW – Electr Kettle) ) -if my memory serves me right:
    So they’re spending £3/4Mill to save 3kW a shot … and the beeb never batted an eye-lid. ( nor anyone else! )

  2. Fran says:

    So there are 195 countries in the world. 20,000 at COP means 102.5 persons coming from each if all send the same number. The whole thing boggles the mind.

  3. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    According to the i there is now a Wembley variant.
    Holding COP 26 anywhere is a bad idea.
    Plots will be hatched and exchanged; misappropriating tax payers’ funds into associates’ bank accounts will be the order of the day.

  4. T Walker says:

    Fran. Be grateful for small mercies, they have cut back from the 50,000 bods at earlier events.

    They got 1000’s to sign a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide at one of these events. It’s in all the rivers and oceans etc. They just stopped delegates and they signed up in droves.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Another issue? Prestwick airport runway needs repairs.

    Safety alert as jet tears up runway at Prestwick Airport months before world leaders arrive for COP26
    By Peter Swindon
    July 18, 2021

    A report “suggested work was needed on the runways. There are safety implications, particularly for COP26. A large number of heads of state could be arriving on to a runway that might be ripped up by a departing aircraft.

    “Let’s say one of the heads of state’s aircraft took off and caused damage, the rest of the heads of state could be stranded until the runway is patched up. It wouldn’t be a great look for the UK.

    “The incident on July 7 should be an alarm call before COP26.”

    Quote re. the runway damage incident on July 7th:
    ‘This can happen but more often in developing countries.’