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Enforcement of vaccine passports introduced in Scotland

ENFORCEMENT of Scotland’s controversial Covid vaccine passport scheme comes into effect today.

Proof of full vaccination is required to enter nightclubs and large events as part of the Scottish government’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus and increase vaccine take-up.

The measures technically came into effect from October 1, but an 18-day grace period was announced following backlash from affected industries and significant problems with the new app.

Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “The shambles that followed the release of the vaccine passport app was a predictable disaster.

“Weeks have passed and we have seen no change of plans despite concerns from the public, public health experts and businesses.

“This whole debacle has happened because the SNP are arrogant enough to believe they are right and Scotland is wrong.

“The First Minister is making this up as she goes along.

“If we want to control the virus, we must look at proper resourcing of our test and protect system, which has collapsed in recent weeks.

“If we want to drive up vaccination, we should be going door-to-door to convince those we know are hesitant and making it easier to just walk in for an appointment.”