Scotland: Jamie Greene criticises launch of vaccine passport app
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The Scottish Tories have repeated calls for Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme to be delayed after users were hit with technical issues. The NHS Scotland Covid Status app was released shortly after 5pm on Thursday, around 12 hours before the scheme was set to begin. Jamie Greene MSP told GB News: “Why was is launched so late in the day?
“We were sitting in the Scottish parliament last night at about 5.30pm when one of the Scottish Conservative members raised a point of order that the app wasn’t even live yet on the system as we were leaving the building.
“This is a scheme that has been a long time coming.
“We’ve been crying out for details on not just the scheme but the app itself and apparently it was snuck out on the app store where no one could find it.
“When they did find it, it is utterly beset with problems.
“You only need to have a quick look at social media and see what the real world thinks about Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a vaccine passport.
“I’m afraid to say we were warning them about this all along.
“This scheme has been plagued with problems and controversy from the very beginning.”
The Scottish Government said the issues were caused by a high volume of users trying to access the app at the same time.
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A previous push for a delay by the Night Time Industries Association Scotland was rejected by the Court of Session on Thursday and pleas from Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross at First Minister’s Questions also went unheeded.
But Mr Ross has now repeated calls for a postponement to avoid what he said could be a “weekend of chaos” as the certification is set to be used for access to large events and nightclubs.
However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week said a grace period would be in effect from the start of the scheme, meaning venues will not be liable for enforcement action before October 18, to allow the systems to be properly implemented.
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Mr Ross said on Friday: “The SNP Government has just a few hours to act quickly and prevent a weekend of chaos at venues across Scotland.
“Thousands of people will be at the football and going out to hospitality premises this weekend. At an incredibly challenging time, businesses will lose out if this app is still not working.
“This plan should really be scrapped altogether but if the SNP insist on charging ahead, they must indefinitely delay the vaccine passport scheme until the most basic issues are ironed out.
“Nicola Sturgeon must go back to the drawing board. This is becoming an omnishambles – the SNP’s scheme is lurching from one issue to the next, all at the very last minute.”
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