First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that if MSPs approve, vaccine certificates will be required later this month for those attending venues like nightclubs.
The certificates, which are currently only available in the post, will become downloadable QR codes on Friday, which can then be used on smart phones or printed.
A similar plan for England had been announced earlier in the summer.
Speaking at a parliamentary briefing, Ms Sturgeon said the introduction of vaccine certificates is a “significant move” and not one she would take lightly, which is why she is seeking parliamentary approval.
She also said the government does not believe that certificates should ever be a requirement for key services or in settings where people have no choice over attendance.
This includes public transport, education, access to medical services or shops.
She added that the government does not “currently consider it appropriate” to introduce certificates for the hospitality industry as a whole.
However she says the government will keep this under review.
Increasing Covid levels in Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has said the increasing spread of coronavirus is “extremely concerning” as she updated MSPs about the latest Covid-19 figures.
She told MSPs the number of new cases is 80% higher than last week and five times higher than four weeks ago.
The First Minister suggested a rise in infections had been expected, in part due to the return of schools, but said: “Despite expecting to see some increase in cases, the scale of the increase in recent weeks has been extremely concerning.
“There is no doubt that this underlines the fact that the Delta variant is significantly more transmissible than previous strains.”
Covid numbers in Scotland
Scotland has recorded nine deaths of coronavirus patients and 6,170 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data.
Figures published by the Scottish Government indicate the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is 8,127.
The daily test positivity rate is 11.5%, down from 14.9% the previous day.
A total of 629 people were in hospital on Tuesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up by 44 on the previous day, with 59 patients in intensive care, up five.
So far, 4,108,804 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 3,691,066 have had their second.
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