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    Vaccine passports begin in Scotland

    Written by on October 1, 2021

    Vaccine passports have come into force across Scotland.

    From today, you’ll need to show proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and large events.

    It includes football matches with crowds of more than 10,000, and unseated indoor events with more than 500 people attending.

    Businesses won’t face enforcement action for not complying with the rules until October 18th, though.

    The Covid Status App went live yesterday evening.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:  “We know from expert public health analysis that we must do all we can to stem the rise in cases and reduce the pressure on the NHS.

    “Vaccine certificates have a role to play as part of a wider package of measures. They add a further layer of protection in certain higher risk settings.

    “This is a very limited scheme and we hope this will allow businesses to remain open and prevent any further restrictions as we head into autumn and winter.

    “I would encourage people to to download the NHS Scotland Covid Status App and help our drive to keep the virus under control.

    “Scotland is not unique in introducing such an approach. Certification schemes are in place across Europe, including Ireland and France, and the Welsh Government is also planning similar measures.

    “I also want to ensure that as many people get vaccinated as possible and particularly to increase uptake in the younger age cohort, so anything that helps to incentivise that is helpful.”