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Nicola Sturgeon announces Covid 'vaccine passports' can be downloaded from today

By John Davidson

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Nicola Sturgeon says we must stem the rise in cases.
Nicola Sturgeon says we must stem the rise in cases.

People can download a copy of their vaccination certificate from today as the Scottish Government plans to introduce new measures to require the documents.

The so-called 'vaccine passports' will be needed from later this month to gain entry to nightclubs and some large events.

The government says the move is necessary to help contain rises in Covid cases while avoiding major disruption to the economy. The Scottish Parliament will be asked to vote on the introduction of the certification scheme next week.

Proof of vaccination will be required later this month to enter nightclubs and adult entertainment venues; unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience; unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4000 people in the audience; and any event which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.

There are currently no plans to introduce certification for the wider hospitality industry but the government says it will keep this under review over the autumn and winter.

From Friday, people will be able to download a PDF copy of their vaccination certificate, with a personalised QR code, to print off or store on their mobile phone. Paper letters can be requested by calling the Covid helpline on 0808 196 8565.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We do not want to reimpose any of the restrictions that have been in place for much of this year as we all know how much harm they have caused to businesses, to education and to people’s general wellbeing but we must stem the rise in cases.

“In addition to measures such as free testing and the installation of CO2 monitors in schools, we believe that a limited use of vaccine certification in certain higher risk settings could help us to keep businesses open and prevent any further restrictions as we head into autumn and winter.

“They will be for use in very limited settings and never for public services such as transport, hospitals and education.

“The original protective measures such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing, hand washing and isolating when necessary are still key to reducing prevalence of the virus but getting vaccinated remains the single most important step that any of us can take to keep ourselves and others safe.”

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