Scotland proposes Covid vaccine certificates for entry into nightclubs Scotland


The Scottish Government is proposing vaccine certificates to enter nightclubs and major indoor and outdoor events in an attempt to curb escalating Covidom infections before autumn.

Announcing the plans, which SMEs will be asked to vote on next week, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that – although expected with schools that returned last month – “the scale of the increase [in infections] it has been very worrying in recent weeks. “

Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily Covid cases since the start of the pandemic, an increase that health officials believe was partly caused by the return of Scottish schools after the summer holidays, a few weeks earlier than in the rest of the UK.

Sturgeon told the Holyrood Chamber that, despite “understandable fairness and ethical concerns,” vaccination certification in limited scenarios could protect public health, reduce the need for further restrictions, and increase vaccine use. She added that she hopes it will not be necessary to introduce a measure for the hospitality industry as a whole.

The Scottish Government plans to introduce vaccination passports later this month, once all adults have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, for the following events and venues:

  • Nightclubs and entertainment venues for adults

  • Outdoor live events indoors with more than 500 people in the audience

  • Outdoor live events with more than 4,000 people in the audience

  • Any event of any nature that has more than 10,000 people

She told Holyrood council that her government does not believe that a vaccination certificate “should ever be a requirement for any key service or in environments where people have no choice over visiting – for example, public transportation, education, access to medical services or shops. “.

“But we believe that the limited use of vaccine certificates could help control the spread of the virus as we go into the fall and winter.”

Sturgeon told SMEs that the following days were “crucial”, with the number of cases in Scotland 80% higher than last week, and the test’s positivity rose from about 5% in early August to 11.5% on 1 September. Yesterday, 6,170 positive cases were reported with an additional nine deaths in the last 24 hours.

She said targeted steps are being taken to increase takeovers among groups that already qualify for vaccination. An invitation letter has been sent to all 16- and 17-year-olds who have not yet received the first dose, and mobile vaccination units will be used during the weeks of college and college refreshments.

Challenged by Scotland’s new Liberal Democrat leader, Alex Cole-Hamilton, about “medical IDs” which he described as an “illiberal step”, Sturgeon replied that it was “not a move that any government should take lightly”. [but] we must consider every possible tool at our disposal ”.

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