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Coronavirus / Government to look at possible expansion of Covid vaccine certification scheme

First minister Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Scottish Government

FIRST minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government will look at whether the Covid vaccine passport certification scheme should be expanded to venues like cinemas.

A final decision is due to be made next week, and any changes would come into force from 6 December.

The government will also assess whether the scheme can also be amended so there is an option to show a negative Covid test instead of the vaccine app.

The certification scheme came into force in Scotland in October, with adults required to show proof of vaccine for entry into premises and events like nightclubs and large concerts.

Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that it would be “irresponsible” not to consider extending the scheme if “we want if possible businesses to stay fully open over Christmas and through the winter”.

As well as cinemas, Sturgeon said theatres and some other licensed and hospitality premises will also be looked at.

Today a further 23 new Covid cases were reported in Shetland – with half of the positive tests coming from primary school aged children.