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Issues plague Scotland vaccine certification app

A series of issues over Scotland’s COVID-19 vaccine passport app have been reported just hours after it launched. 

From today (October 1), Scottish residents need the app to prove that they have had two doses of the vaccine before being able to enter large events and venues such as nightclubs. 

People have been unable to access their vaccination status through the NHS Scotland COVID Status app, which only became available to download on Thursday at 17:30 BST. 

A statement from the Scottish Government said: “The coronavirus vaccine certification scheme comes into effect today in Scotland meaning people will have to show proof of their vaccination status to enter some events and higher risk venues. 

“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 their COVID status. This can be done via the NHS Scotland COVID Status app released yesterday on their mobile device or using the paper certificate.” 

However, social media users have noted their frustration after having problems with the app, meaning they are currently unable to prove their vaccination status to enter venues and events. 

One user, Lewis Mackenzie, wrote on Twitter: “Vaccinated in England…just moved house and GP to Scotland. Doubt the Scottish COVID vaccine passport app will ever work for me.” 

News of the issues have surfaced a few days after the Scottish Government announced that there would be a two-and-a-half week grace period for venues to get used to the new certification scheme. 

From October 18, the new vaccine certification scheme will be legally enforced. 

The certification applies to venues such as nightclubs, unseated indoor live events with more than 4,000 people, outdoor live events with a capacity of more than 4,000 and any event with more than 10,000. 

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