Letters: the government is all wrong with vaccine priorities


WHILE we see the further actions of Nicola Sturgeon that would ruin the economy (“Scots told to stay at home or risk breaking the law,” Jan. 5), it would be possible to propose alternative logical actions.

Blaming the first nursing home tragedy, which the state disputes, has contributed to the priority vaccination of nursing home individuals. This ignores the NHS disasters and that of educating young people, the lack of which would affect all their prospects for life. For the elderly or chronically ill, are their future accomplishments and 30 to 40 years of active life worth less than five to ten additional years of life, regardless of the emotional consequences? One may disagree about ethics, but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few in an existential crisis.

Teachers, even though the risk is very low, are afraid of infecting children. The classes of 20-30 kids are cancelled for the safety of one teacher. As soon as possible, all teachers and school employees should be vaccinated. Both school workers will receive two doses of the vaccine during the one-month closure process. It is illogical not to do so and it hurts the largest number.

The problems in the health service are clear in the number of staff who are isolated or ill and can therefore not turn up for work. These workers are also afraid of contracting and exporting the disease back home. The general NHS has been ruined and elective treatment abandoned successfully, and it will never recover. It is a scandal that health workers are not vaccinated to protect them when caring for the sick as well.

Only small local outbreaks of a disease are useful for testing and tracing. It is pointless if the illness is common. The next one could be poisoned by someone who is safe one day. Certainly, can testing be discontinued and replaced with vaccination if the test and trace systems are in place and school children, teachers and NHS staff are locally included?

The Scottish government and Ms. Sturgeon are trapped in a pit of failure of their own making, and by blind obedience to failed policies, by tardiness, dishonesty and lack of contrition, the nation is permanently harmed. No replacement is propaganda. Will anyone rise to the challenge and make the improvements they need?

Gavin R. Tait, Kilbride East.

Johnson was better than Sturgeon. Johnson was better.

AND so the proposed lockdown steps were implemented – the two leaders, the Prime Minister and the First Minister, now paying the price for their rash and stupid decisions in November to give us a Christmas holiday time – despite advice and recommendations from health experts, advisors, members of the National Health Service, to refrain from such a policy; as did many of your contributions Yet as we know, popularity was then the problem – from a man whose desperation and very existence is to be liked and famous, and from a woman whose desperation and very existence is to be noticed and to be regarded as “one of the people.”

Yesterday (January 5) both leaders spoke and, in my view, for the very first time, the prime minister spoke and acted much better than the first minister; the former seriously expressed (admittedly from an autocue) and said as a statesman what had to be done for a total of eight minutes; the latter, as usual, seriously rambled (as is her custom), explained what had to be done and, as usual, explained what had to be done

I know the situation should not be taken lightly, but this kind of repetitive approach shown by the First Minister every time she talks causes her viewers and listeners, regardless of what she and her ardent supporters may say, to turn off the TV or radio.

Walter Paul, The G42 of Glasgow.


THE latest coronavirus ban came to some people as a shock. And there are, no doubt, those who will neglect it, or even disregard it. Most Scots, however, understand the need to take drastic steps to stop any further accidents and not completely overwhelm the NHS.

So it was a huge surprise for me when on Tuesday (Jan. 5) I went to buy milk and bread at Marks & Spencer on Argyll Street in Glasgow and discovered that I was also able to buy jeans, a jacket, shoes and any other clothes I wanted.

There have been several occasions during this pandemic where there was one law for leaders, their families and advisors, un


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