Scotland to Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates on Oct. 1

Scotland will launch the COVID-19 vaccine certificate scheme on Oct. 1 after the Scottish Parliament approved it on Sept. 9.

The Scottish Parliament voted 68 to 55 to approve the use of COVID-19 vaccine certificates to allow entry to some large events and higher risk venues, including nightclubs, music festivals, and some football grounds.

The vote came a week after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced to propose the scheme in an attempt to curb COVID-19 cases while keeping businesses and venues open.

The government also hopes that the scheme will encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The scheme will take effect on Oct. 1 because that is when the government determined that all adults would have had the opportunity to receive both COVID-19 vaccine doses, with two weeks having passed to allow the vaccine to take effect.

People aged under 18, adults who are ineligible to take the vaccine for medical reasons, and those in clinical trials will be exempted from the scheme. Instead, they will show a document indicating they are exempted to enter events and venues.

The scheme will use a QR code that will be made available through a smartphone app. Staff at venues will be able to download the app starting from next week, ahead of the launch, to allow digital checks on the vaccination status of attendees.

Guidance on how to use the app, as well as how to integrate it into their own systems, will be provided for the venues.

The government will also introduce certification regulations, which will be reviewed every three weeks and will expire on Feb. 28, 2022 unless the Parliament decides to extend them further.

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