SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon has welcomed support from Health Minister Robin Swann for the SDLP proposal for the introduction of vaccine certifications.
SDLP North Belfast MLA Ms Mallon said:
“I am relieved that finally other ministers are beginning to see sense and realise that we must introduce vaccine certifications to protect our health service and keep our businesses open.
“SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood first urged the introduction of vaccine certification nearly two months ago and I have proposed and consistently raised it at the Executive, only for it to be opposed by the UUP, Sinn Féin and the DUP. I welcome Minister Swann’s u-turn on this issue and hope Sinn Féin and DUP Ministers soon follow suit.
“Nobody wants to be in this position but the events of the last few days have spelled out just how desperate the situation within our health service is getting and without action it will only get worse. If we fail to act now we will be forced to reintroduce further restrictions, which is the last thing the public wants, especially in the run up to Christmas.
“The solution to protect the public, our health service and to keep businesses open is and has always been clear – vaccine certifications. I hope all parties come around to the SDLP’s view by Wednesday’s Executive meeting as time is against us and we must put the health of our citizens first and avoid another lockdown.”