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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
Reviewing compliance

Reviewing compliance

We expect local authorities to manage their own approach to enforcement and prioritisation of businesses. The process will be dependent on who is being engaged with, but may include remote engagement via calls or sharing of documents, engagement as part of BAU visits, or on-site checks during the operation of the scheme. We note that many of the premises covered by the scheme will only be implementing certification outside normal working hours (after 12 am), and it will be for local authorities to determine the appropriateness of visits, based on available resources and safety considerations.

In reaching a decision about whether a responsible person has met their legal obligations, local authorities should follow usual procedures and processes as with other regulatory activity they carry out, but may also wish to consider some or all of the following factors:

  • Has the business or event organiser developed a compliance plan setting out their process for checking the certification status of attendees? (Based on the template provided)
  • Does the plan take into account relevant Scottish Government guidance?
  • Has the business or event organiser answered all the questions set out in the Scottish Government plan template?
  • Has the business or event organiser considered how their certification process aligns with other (existing) checks (e.g. ticket or security checks, or age verification checks)?
  • Has the business or event organiser engaged with neighbouring businesses, transport operators and local police to assess and mitigate risks arising from pressure around local services that may be affected, for example an increased number of individuals in the local area due to earlier arrival or potential delays to their entry?
  • Has the business or event organiser considered the impact of increased queuing on the surrounding area and infrastructure (for example, queue management and crowding outside of a venue)?
  • Will attendees be primarily local, or will there be additional factors created by attracting an international audience for the event, who may have different certification?
  • Has the business or event organiser successfully run their event in line with relevant Scottish Government regulations and guidance previously (i.e. has the compliance plan been used and shown to be effective)?
  • Does the compliance plan detail other measures that are, or will be, in place to prevent, or minimise, the risk of coronavirus being spread on the premises?

Through conversations with the business or event organiser and a review of their compliance plan, local authorities may wish to check that (if in scope) the premises is robustly logging visitor data for the purposes of NHS Test and Protect.

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