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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02654
Asked by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 31 August 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-01507 by Humza Yousaf on 30 August 2021, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what targets it has set for the regular use of lateral flow tests by members of the public.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 13 September 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Covid testing is as accessible as possible and we have put in place a number of initiatives to encourage the use of lateral flow tests for routine asymptomatic testing. Our communication campaign recommends that members of the public use the lateral flow tests to test themselves twice a week. Our aim is to ensure that lateral flow tests are widely available and accessible to anyone who wants to use them. A target would not be helpful to deliver this.

As stated previously, the Scottish Government has used a number of approaches to promote regular testing; this includes targeted campaigns and guidance on how to access test supplies and the introduction of Pharmacy Collect. We will continue to develop campaigns to promote the importance of regular testing in preventing the transmission of Covid-19.