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Coronavirus / Covid vaccine certification scheme to launch on Friday

First minister Nicola Sturgeon also says funding will be available for businesses to improve ventilation

First minister Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Scottish Government

THE COVID vaccine certification scheme for entry into nightclubs and large events is to come into force on Friday – but there will be a grace period before enforcement action is taken against businesses not complying.

The scheme will be introduced at 5am on Friday, meaning folk going out clubbing at the weekend will need to show proof they have had two doses of a Covid vaccine to enter.

This also applies for large events, but people aged under 18 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt.

People working or performing at eligible venues are also exempt.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that a grace period will be introduced until 18 October in which no action will be taken against businesses for non-compliance.

She said the government is “determined to listen to the reasonable concerns of business”.

People will be able to access a Covid vaccine certificate through an app on their phone, or through a paper copy. The app should be available from Thursday.

However, opposition parties are against the idea and there were calls in parliament on Tuesday for the scheme to be scrapped.

Meanwhile Sturgeon also confirmed a new £25 million fund for small and medium enterprises to improve ventilation.

This could for instance cover the installation of carbon dioxide monitors, or alterations to windows and vents.

Sturgeon said priority will be given to sectors like hospitality and leisure.

Only one new Covid case was confirmed in Shetland today (Tuesday).

Across Scotland a further 2,370 cases have been recorded, and 16 deaths. Sturgeon said she is hopeful case numbers will continue to fall.