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COVID-19 Vaccination Certification Scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities (19 October 2021)

This guidance aims to support local authority officers in their work enforcing the Coronavirus vaccine certification scheme. It:

  • sets out the role and powers of designated local authority officers with regards to the scheme
  • provides a summary of the requirements and expectations on premises and events covered by the scheme
  • provides guidance on how local authorities can review the compliance of the relevant premises/events
  • provides an example of how a compliance plan may be completed to evidence to local authorities that the business/premises is meeting requirements

This guidance relates to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (the “Regulations”), as amended, and is in place to support local authority officers in carrying out their role under the regulations.


Vaccine certification enforcement gets underway (18 October 2021)

Local council officers will be responsible for enforcement of the certification scheme which will apply to the person responsible for each premises. Officers will adopt an approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the responsible person before enforcement options are considered.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for customers (30 September 2021)

How the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme will work, who is exempt, and what you need to do if you are going to a venue or event.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for businesses and event organisers
(28 September 2021)

How the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme will operate and what venues, businesses and event organisers need to do.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification update (23 September 2021)

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the scheme to take effect from 01 October.  The scheme applies to the following settings:

  • late night venues with music, alcohol and dancing
  • live events: indoors unseated 500+ in the audience
  • live events: outdoors unseated 4,000+ in the audience
  • all live events: 10,000+ in the audience 


Vaccine certification plans approved by Scottish Parliament (9 September 2021)

As from 1 October 2021, proof of vaccination will be required to enter:

  • nightclubs
  • 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

From September 30, people will be able to use the NHS Scotland Covid Status App  which also has a QR code, to access venues where certification is required. From this date the current downloadable PDF function will be switched off.

Anyone unable or unwilling to use the App can request a secure uneditable paper record of vaccination, with enhanced security features such as thermodynamic ink to prevent forgery.

The verifier app will be called ‘NHS Scotland Covid Check’.

Vaccine certification Scheme to come into effect on October 1  


COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches (19 May 2021)

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves has launched in Scotland. 

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or - for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline. 

Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it. 

While there are no countries currently requiring vaccination status to travel, international travel restrictions can change quickly requiring such measures to be in place.

The measures are intended to ease the burden on the NHS by removing the need for people to ask their GP for a status record. 

As Scotland’s vaccination programme progresses, vaccination status will be replaced by digital Covid Status Certificates, which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel. 

People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to

Further information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Scheme.

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