Vaccination centre in Scotland is forced to turn people away as staff blame ‘massive’ queues on surge in numbers wanting jab after vaccine passport rollout 

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  • Staff at Leith Community Treatment Centre, Edinburgh drive people away
  • Eyewitnesses reported ‘large queues’ and ‘chaotic scenes’ inside
  • The NHS Scotland COVID Status App was available to download on Thursday, 30 September
  • But the app failed to load for the users as the new restrictions came into force on 1 October.
  • Nicola Sturgeon in apology after ‘ridiculous’ £600,000 Covid Pass scheme launch

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A vaccination center has been forced to turn people away due to ‘huge’ queues and chaotic scenes inside.

Staff at Edinburgh’s Leith Community Treatment Center denied admission to at least ten people on Monday as the number of people increased following the introduction of the Vaccine Passport scheme.

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Fun-goers now must show proof they have two coronavirus vaccines to enter nightclubs, gigs and other large events.

It comes as users blasted the ‘chaotic’ and ridiculous rollout of Scotland’s controversial Vaccine Passport scheme, and Nicola Sturgeon has been forced into a sincere apology over its turbulent launch.

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NHS Lothian said high turnout for several programs – including molasses for teenagers, third doses for the medically vulnerable and flu shots for the elderly – were behind increasing pressure on services.

A 23-year-old girl, speaking anonymously, described how she was turned away on Monday and faced heavy queues when she returned on Tuesday to collect her second pocket.

She said she and several others could not be seen by doctors because of the sheer number of people already inside – despite the fact that the center had to be open for another 45 minutes.

Staff at Edinburgh’s Leith Community Treatment Center denied admission to at least ten people on Monday as the number of people increased following the introduction of the Vaccine Passport scheme.

The woman said: ‘I was told to try again the next morning. But to make sure I come early rather than later because it will probably get busy as the day progresses.’

The next day she said she was facing ‘a huge queue’ – and this time it was raining. I couldn’t believe it.

‘I just waited in it because I didn’t want to come back, but I saw many people standing in the queue for a while because they couldn’t wait any longer.’

After waiting for more than an hour, she was in what was described as a ‘stressful’ and ‘chaotic’ environment.

Thousands of Scots slammed the implementation of Scotland’s controversial Vaccine Passport scheme, as Nicola Sturgeon said she was “deeply sorry” for the problems it faced, hours before new restrictions went into effect on Friday, 1 October. Unable to reach the status of left. .

However, the First Minister blamed the NHS for the issues instead of the new £600,000 app, claiming that high demand had crippled the new system.

Those attending large events and nightclubs in Scotland must now show proof that they have received two doses of the vaccine using the app before being allowed.

Speaking at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Miss Sturgeon said the information was ‘not being sent from the NHS system to the app fast enough’.

Admitting that it was ‘extremely disappointing’, she said: ‘I apologize for that.’

Nicola Sturgeon was forced to apologize over the turbulent launch of Scotland's controversial Covid vaccine passport

Nicola Sturgeon was forced to apologize over the turbulent launch of Scotland’s controversial Covid vaccine passport

The First Minister blamed the NHS for the issues instead of the new £600,000 app, claiming high demand had paralyzed the new system

The First Minister blamed the NHS for the issues instead of the new £600,000 app, claiming that high demand had paralyzed the new system

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross dismissed the process as a ‘mess’ and termed the plan as ‘a complete and utter embarrassment’.

The NHS Scotland COVID Status app was launched for Apple and Android devices last Thursday – exactly 12 hours before the vaccine passport requirements go into effect at 5am the next day.

The scheme means that Scots must prove they have been fully vaccinated to enter sporting events such as nightclubs, adult entertainment venues or other large-scale events.

However, over the weekend football clubs and venues said they would not spare anyone who could not prove their status due to the app’s embarrassing rollout.

Adding to the chaos, Health Secretary Hamza Yusuf on Friday asked staff at bars and nightclubs to ignore government guidelines and allow people inside without checking their documentation.

Speaking about the issue yesterday, Miss Sturgeon said: ‘Certainly, I am well aware that many people initially found the app extremely difficult to use.

Notably, several people found that the app was unable to trace their vaccination records from the information they had provided. The problem was particularly acute on Thursday evening and Friday.

‘I know this caused extreme frustration for users who wanted to download the app as quickly as possible, and also for business and event organizers who were planning to test out their certification regime over the weekend. I apologize for this.’

But Miss Sturgeon claimed that ‘the problem was not with the app itself but with the NHS system to which it is connected’.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross (pictured) described the process as a 'shumble' and described the plan as 'a complete and utter embarrassment'.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross (pictured) described the process as a ‘shumble’ and described the plan as ‘a complete and utter embarrassment’.

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, people attending large events and nightclubs must show proof that they have had two doses of the vaccine before using the app (file photo)

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, people attending large events and nightclubs must show proof that they have had two doses of the vaccine before using the app (file photo)

She added: ‘Essentially, the high level of demand following the launch of the app – combined with an error in a part of the NHS system – meant that information was not being sent from the NHS system to the app quickly enough. ‘

Miss Sturgeon said system issues also caused problems for those requesting a paper copy of her vaccination status or a PDF version.

But she said: ‘On Friday evening the NHS system was reformed to address the problem. In fact, I can report that there is an initial backlog of people waiting for them…

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