Motion ref. S5M-23570
COVID-19 Vaccine and Patients Receiving Palliative Care
Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Ruth Davidson, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Monica Lennon, Gordon Lindhurst, Mark McDonald, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, John Scott, Liz Smith, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, Brian Whittle
That the Parliament recognises the immense strain that the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary public health response have placed on many people with pre-existing medical conditions, especially people diagnosed with a terminal illness and who are receiving palliative care; believes that any removable obstacles that might prevent them from living life as fully as possible with family and friends in the limited time they have left should be removed; calls on the Scottish Government to consider prioritising people receiving palliative care and their immediate families in the forthcoming rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and urges it to consider allowing clinicians discretion to fast-track individual patients and their immediate family members whose need for vaccination is deemed to be most urgent where it is clinically safe and appropriate to do so, particular for people diagnosed with a terminal illness.