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Covid-19 Vaccination Certification

Fri 3 Sep 21

New proposals to keep people safe and prevent closure

Coronavirus vaccination certificates will be required to enter certain events and higher risk venues, such as nightclubs, music festivals and some football grounds, if Parliament backs the move in a vote planned for next week.

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise and to avoid as little disruption to the economy as possible, the Scottish Parliament will be asked to vote on the introduction of the certification scheme which will only be implemented once all adults have had the opportunity to receive both doses of the vaccine. Children and adults that are ineligible for vaccination will be exempt.

Proof of vaccination will be required later this month to enter:

  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
  • unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience
  • unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience
  • any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance

There are currently no plans to introduce certification for the wider hospitality industry but this will be kept under review over the autumn and winter months. 

From Friday 3 September, people will be able to download a PDF copy of their vaccination certificate, with a personalised QR code, to print off instantly or store on their mobile phone for use domestically or internationally. This is in addition to the existing paper letters that can be requested from NHS Inform and the COVIDHelpline.


MSPs will be asked to vote on the introduction of COVID Vaccination Certification next week, contingent on agreement from the Parliamentary Bureau. 

If the scheme is approved by parliament, it will then be subject to parliamentary review every three weeks, in line with previous COVID-19 measures.

The addition of 2D Barcodes (also known as QR Codes) to Scotland’s certification process adheres to EU standards.  They have been successfully tested with a number of European nations, and provide additional security features that helps ensure the validity of the certificate.

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