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Covid in Scotland: Vaccine passports to be introduced for nightclubs and live events, says Nicola Sturgeon


People in Scotland who want to get into nightclubs and big events will soon have to show proof that they have been double-vaccinated against Covid, under plans announced by Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister said a system of “vaccine certification” would be introduced later this month, if the plan is approved by MSPs at the Scottish Parliament next week.

It means that adults in Scotland will need to show proof of double vaccination to attend nightclubs, adult entertainment venues and any of the following events:

  • Indoor standing live events with more than 500 people in the audience
  • Outdoor standing events with more than 4,000 people in the audience
  • Any event with more than 10,000 people in attendance.

In a statement at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said she was “hopeful” that Covid cases in Scotland would start to fall without the need for restrictions to be reimposed.

But she said the “limited use” of vaccine certification could help to control the spread of the virus as autumn and then winter arrive.

Proof of vaccination would not be needed for people going to pubs, restaurants and cafés, she added, but this would be kept “under review” and may change.

Children and people who have particular medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated will be exempt from the plan.

From Friday, people will be able to download a QR code showing their vaccination status, which they can keep on their phone.

“The introduction of Covid certificates – even in the fairly limited circumstances that I have set out above – is a significant move, and not one we would ever take lightly,” Ms Sturgeon told MSPs. “That is why I believe it should have parliamentary approval in advance.

“But it is worth stressing that although we have had to weigh this decision carefully, we would be in no way unique in taking this step. The UK Government has announced its intention to introduce certification for England.

“And several European countries, including France, Italy and Ireland, have already introduced certification. In fact, the certification rules in several of those countries cover a far wider range of venues than the ones we are currently planning for Scotland.”



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