Scannable images are being added to all Covid vaccination record requests by Scots, starting today.
The documents can be downloaded from the NHS inform website. They come following the announcement that vaccine passports will be required for entry into large events or nightclubs.
It should be noted, however, vaccinated children over 12 will only be able to request a copy of their vaccination status by phoning the Covid-19 Status Helpline.
There’s been a huge outcry for Scotland to expedite it’s move to a better vaccine passport system following claims last week that oil and gas workers were “effectively banned” from Norway as a result of paper vaccine passports proving insufficient for entry into the country.
New vaccine certification rules mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, unseated indoor live events with more than 500 people in the audience.
These, well as unseated outdoor live events with more than 4,000 people in the audience and any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance will all require official proof of vaccination.
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In a statement addressing how the new rules and the QR code vaccine passport will affect travel, the NHS said: “If you’re unable to download a PDF you can still request a printed copy be sent to you by first class post.
“Please allow at least 14 days for your letter to arrive.
“If you requested a copy of your vaccination status before 3 September your letter will still be valid.
“You’ll only need to re-order your letter if the country you’re travelling to requires your status to include 2D barcodes.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Thursday: “the benefits of a certification scheme, in terms of a public health intervention, in terms of incentivising vaccination, those benefits outweigh the concerns that still remain”.
Humza added that being able to download a paper QR code or PDF records will also alleviate the problems of those who don’t own smartphones who can’t simply download the QR code.