The Welsh Government is not expecting any teething problems with the new Covid Pass scheme, after the launch of a similar vaccine passport scheme in Scotland was hit by glitches.

The NHS Scotland Covid Status app was released shortly after 5pm on Thursday, around 12 hours before the scheme was set to begin.

But users reported on social media a number of issues with verifying their identity, meaning they could not display their status.

The Scottish Government said the issues were caused by a high volume of users trying to access the app at the same time.

There, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has made fresh calls for a postponement to the scheme, 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, Scotland's 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.


Here in Wales, the Covid Pass scheme is set to come into force on October 11, with Mark Drakeford calling it "small but meaningful action now to control the spread of the virus and reduce the need for tougher measures later".

The National Wales: First minister Mark Drakeford at a coronavirus press conference. Picture: Huw Evans Picture AgencyFirst minister Mark Drakeford at a coronavirus press conference. Picture: Huw Evans Picture Agency

All over-18s will need to have a NHS Covid Pass to enter:

• Nightclubs

• Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions

• Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people

• Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance

Unlike Scotland's vaccine possport scheme, the Covid Pass in Wales will not use new software, and it is already available for use – although it will not become a legal requirement for entry to the above places for another 10 days.

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It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours.

Asked about the teething problems with the Scottish system, a Welsh Government spokesperson, said: “The Covid Pass service is currently available for use in Wales on a discretionary basis and no issues have been reported. We will continue to monitor the service.”

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