MSPs to vote on vaccine passports today


MSPs will vote on plans to introduce a vaccine passport scheme in Scotland later today and if the vote goes the government’s way it will mean that only people who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed into nightclubs, concerts and other large-scale events.

The Scottish government says the plan is designed to allow large events to go ahead more safely but full details of the proposals have not yet been published by the Scottish government a matter of hours before the vote.

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have already said they will vote against the plans. The Scottish Greens have been highly critical of vaccine passports in the past but have since signed a formal partnership agreement with the SNP so it’s unlikely they’ll vote against the scheme.

The passport scheme is expected to come into force at the end of the month if Holyrood approves the plans, and once all adults in Scotland have had the chance to be fully vaccinated.

The new rules will mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed into:

  • 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.

People who have had two vaccines in Scotland can already download or get a paper copy of a certificate with a QR code, and it is expected that this code will also be available on a new NHS Scotland Status app by the end of September,


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