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Get ready for vaccine passports from 1 October


Entry to many entertainment venues will require proof being vaccinated

The Scottish government has outlined how the proposed vaccine passport scheme will operate from 1 October amid continuing concern among businesses over the cost and processes involved.

MSPs backed the proposals in parliament by 68 votes to 55. The Conservatives opposed the measures, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson planning similar rules in England.

It will mean nightclubs and large events such as football matches across Scotland will only allow entry to those who can show they have had two doses of a Covid vaccine.

The scheme is seen as a way of allowing events to go ahead while giving some assurance to those attending.

It will also help to avoid re-imposing restrictions and encourage younger people to get vaccinated.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We must do all we can to stem the rise in cases and vaccine certification will form part of a range measures which can help us to do this.

“It will only be used in certain higher risk settings and we hope this will allow businesses to remain open and prevent any further restrictions as we head into autumn and winter.

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