Scots can now download the Covid vaccine passport app ahead of the rule changes coming into effect from tomorrow.
The software will display a QR code, which can be shown and checked by door staff before entering any ‘high risk’ venues from October 1.
Scots will be required to show evidence that they have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine before entry into the likes of nightclubs and sports stadiums.
The new app is available to download on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store for Android phones.
Anyone who is unable to show a copy of the vaccine certification through a smartphone can also display a paper copy or through a downloadable PDF – both of which can be accessed through the NHS Inform website.
Some Scots will be exempt from the scheme – including under 18s, participants in vaccine trials, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and people working or performing in venues.
Affected venues will have two and a half weeks to test and trial the scheme before it becomes law on October 18.
It is hoped that the introduction of vaccine passports will help slow the spread of Covid and reduce pressure on the NHS.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “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.
“The two-and-a-half weeks – effectively a grace period – before legal enforcement applies will allow businesses to test, adapt and build confidence in their own practical arrangements to comply with the scheme.”
The SNP minister added: “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.
“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.”
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