Scotland is proposing COVID-19 vaccine certificates to enter certain events and higher risk venues in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus without harming businesses, education, and people’s general well-being.
The Scottish government announced on Sept. 1 that it is planning to require vaccine certificates later this month to enter large-scale indoor and outdoor events and venues, including nightclubs, music festivals, and some football grounds.
“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,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
“This is a significant step forward and not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is in line with certification in other European countries,” Sturgeon also said.
There are currently no plans to introduce certificates for the wider hospitality industry, but it will be kept under review for the next months, the government said.
The certification scheme awaits a vote from the Scottish Parliament set to take place next week.
The government further said that the scheme will only be implemented once all adults have been fully vaccinated and will be subject to parliamentary review every three weeks.
Children and adults that are ineligible for the vaccine will be exempted from the certification scheme, the government said.
According to government data, 91.1% of the adult population in Scotland has received the first dose while 82.9% has received the second dose.
Data also showed that Scotland also recorded 6,170 new cases, bringing the total to 436,688.
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