Vaccine certification scheme becomes enforceable

The Coronavirus vaccine certification scheme became subject to enforcement on 18 October, meaning higher risk venues and events affected must verify customers are fully vaccinated, or otherwise exempt, before entry.

The requirement for vaccine certification came into force on 1October under changes made to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021. However, there was a grace period until 18 October allowing venues to test and trial the scheme without facing enforcement action.

People attending a range of late-night venues and larger indoor and outdoor live events, such as music festivals or large sporting events, will be required to show staff proof they are fully vaccinated or are otherwise exempt. This can be done via the NHS Scotland Covid Status App on their mobile device or using the paper certificate.

Local council officers mainly from Environmental Health teams are responsible for enforcement of the certification scheme which will apply to the person responsible for each premises. Officers will adopt an approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the responsible person before enforcement options are considered.

People in Scotland can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status App via their mobile device. A paper certificate or the downloadable PDF is also available from NHS Inform.

There are currently no plans to introduce certification for the wider hospitality industry however this is being kept under review over the autumn and winter months.

Exemptions to the scheme include under 18s, participants in vaccine trials, as well as people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and people working or performing in the venues.

Proof of vaccination will be required to enter:
• late night venues open after midnight with alcohol and music and dancing
• 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

No personal data is stored on the NHS Scotland Covid Check app.

The Scottish Government has published updated guidance for businesses and event organisers covered by the scheme.

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