NTIA calls Scotland’s COVID vaccine passports launch a “shambles”

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Nightlife businesses in Scotland are now obliged by law to check the vaccination status of everyone entering their premises

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The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has shared a statement on Scotland’s newly implemented COVID Vaccine Passport scheme.

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Earlier this week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish government would delay its plans to implement passports as a requirement for entry into the country’s nightclubs, following criticism from several establishments across the country.

In form of BBC Reportedly, the delay came after a legal challenge from the Scottish nightlife industry, who said the proposal was “discriminatory” and “irregular”.

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It was then learned that Judge Lord Burns denied the delay, saying the implementation of the plan was a “balanced way” to address the “legitimate issues” surrounding the pandemic.

As per the plan, the scheme came into force yesterday morning (October 1) at 5 am.

Businesses in Scotland are now bound by law to check the vaccination status of all people entering most pubs, bars, function rooms, or nightclubs who will be on premises after midnight, either on the NHS COVID Passport app By scanning the QR code, visually checking the status, or checking a printed paper copy of the vaccine status.

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The NTIA has since issued a statement describing the implementation of these passports as “poor”, following several reports of problems with the apps.

“It has become very clear that the Scottish app is simply not fit for purpose and most people are facing repeated problems in registering and uploading their individual vaccine status on the app,” the NTIA said. “The NTIA has repeatedly warned the Scottish Government how useless their Vaccine Passport scheme is, and the disastrous launch of this flawed plan has proved that our warnings were well-founded.

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“Locations across Scotland reported a lack of information from the government and high levels of customer frustration over the app’s chaotic roll-out. Confidence is being lost in the ability of the Scottish Government to protect details.”

It added: “Against a background of almost zero public information from the Scottish Government, and against the very little guidance issued to affected locations, the degree of understanding among the general population of these requirements is negligible.

“Most people believe that the plan is delayed, ruling out confusion, assuming that there are major operational issues because the operator try to follow a nonsensical and discriminatory policy, their hands are effectively tied behind their backs.”

Responding to the news, NTIA Scotland President and Deputy Club Director Mike Grieve said: “As anticipated, the roll out of this erroneous policy caused chaos and confusion in the street last night, including our There were a handful of customers. Passport, a working app. About 50-60 others had photocopies or screenshots of false vaccination information or other fake evidence of vaccination. Despite this, we tried to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees. Successfully screened all the attendees for LFT on the same day. What an irony!”

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. credit: Russell Chen-Pool/Getty Images

NTIA Scotland Vice Chairperson Gavin Stevenson said: “It is beyond belief that the Scottish Government has continued this flawed, discriminatory and unfair vaccine passport scheme against the advice of the affected region and public health experts. That the rush to take it to the political deadline has resulted in a completely unsuccessful launch that is destroying public confidence in this government and causing anger and frustration on the streets outside places. Nicola for Medical ID Sturgeon’s disastrous plan must be dismantled immediately, and the lesson learned is why other European countries are now scrapping their plans as well.”

Elsewhere, Michael Kiel, CEO NTIA UK, said: “Businesses across Scotland felt a real load of confusion and frustration from members of the public in the first trading session where operators were expected to implement the COVID​ This mis-conceived, impractical mitigation that is poorly communicated will only lead to further chaos and potentially irreversible damage to a region that is still extremely fragile, and fundamental to the recovery of Scotland’s economy.

Other comments came from Holdfast Entertainment/CPL managing director Donald MacLeod, who called the whole thing “app-alling shambles”, while Club Tropicana director Tony Cochran said the Passport launch was “one of the biggest failures of all time”. is one”.

Meanwhile, plans for a vaccine passport for nightclubs, sporting events and large live concerts in England have been scrapped.

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