The Coronavirus vaccine certification scheme has now become enforceable by law from today with venues deemed higher risk and large scale events must verify customers are fully vaccinated, or otherwise exempt, before entry.

The grace period from the 1st October launch date, allowing venues to test and trial the scheme without facing enforcement action, has now expired.

People attending a range of late night venues in Renfrewshire, like nightclubs, will be required – if asked by staff – to show proof they are fully vaccinated. Venues are expected to put in place a ‘reasonable system’ to check the status of customers, with certain exemptions on medical grounds.

This also includes large indoor and outdoor live events, such as music festivals and large sporting events.

Renfrewshire Council officers will be responsible for enforcement of the certification scheme within Renfrewshire. Officers are expected to adopt an approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the responsible person before enforcement options are should be considered.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The grace period allowed venues and businesses affected more than two weeks to test the scheme in practice and make suitable arrangements. It has also provided the Government with helpful feedback from the sectors affected and we continue to liaise with them going forward.

“This is a very limited scheme and we hope this will allow businesses to remain open and prevent any further restrictions as we head into autumn and winter. This virus has not gone away and vaccine certification will have a role to play in keeping transmission under control as part of a wider package of measures. It adds a further layer of protection in certain higher risk settings.

“I also want to ensure that as many people get vaccinated as possible and particularly to increase uptake in the younger age cohort, so anything to incentivise that is helpful.”

People who have had two vaccines in Scotland can download or get a paper copy of a certificate with a QR code by clicking on the following link: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/after-your-vaccine/get-a-record-of-your-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-status.