Scotland to launch vaccine passports on 1st October

 Monday, September 13, 2021 

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People in England will need to have a COVID “pass” from the end of this month to access higher-risk settings such as nightclubs.

There are no current plans to introduce a similar scheme in Wales or Northern Ireland.

People over the age of 18 in Scotland will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to:

Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues

Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience

Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience

Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance

It means that major sporting events particularly football matches, concerts and music festivals will be affected.

People who have had two vaccines in Scotland can already download or get a paper copy of a certificate with a QR code.

These codes can be scanned at a venue to confirm the user is fully vaccinated.

By the end of the month, it is expected that this code will also be available on a new NHS Scotland Status app.

Anyone who has good reasons for not getting full doses of the vaccine (including children and people with particular medical conditions) will be exempt.

A major goal of the scheme is to encourage more younger people to be vaccinated.

The latest figures show that uptake among those under the age of 40 in Scotland has been lower than in older age groups.

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