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Publication - Advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities

Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 - see all updates
Published: 18 Oct 2021

Guidance to help local councils enforce the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities
Role and powers

Role and powers of local authority officers

Role

Under the Regulations, designated local authority officers have a role in ensuring compliance with some of the regulations, and enforcement where businesses do not comply. Each local authority will determine itself which officers will be authorised to provide capacity for the potential resource demand.

We expect local authorities to carry out enforcement activity in the same way they have for previous coronavirus regulations – based on the 4 Es approach. Local authorities will have the local intelligence and resourcing information to make their own risk-based decisions on which businesses to engage with.

Local authorities may wish to verify that the business or event organiser is taking reasonable steps to ensure that only permitted individuals are entering the relevant premises in practice (possibly working alongside the police as required). This may include attending the premises to:

  • Confirm the compliance plan set out by the business or event organiser is being used in practice;
  • Confirm that the individuals carrying out the certification checks have the appropriate systems and knowledge of what is expected;
  • Confirm checks are being carried out at the expected frequency/sampling rate.

There is no expectation that late night visits are required to assess compliance in all circumstances.

Powers

The Regulations provide designated local authority officers with the power to issue a notice against a person responsible for a relevant premises which they believe is contravening a requirement in the Regulations; and where giving such a notice is necessary and proportionate for the purpose of preventing the person responsible from continuing to contravene the requirement.  A person to whom a notice is given must, so far as reasonably practicable, comply with the notice and it is an offence to contravene such a notice. Contravention of such a notice may be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

The Regulations also provide a power of entry for designated local authority officers similar to previous coronavirus regulations.


First published: 18 Oct 2021 Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 -