It is not currently anticipated that additional funding will be made available. The scheme is designed to allow businesses to stay open and function as near normal as possible.
You can use the COVID Check App free of charge to scan the codes used on vaccine certificates. You will need a hardware mechanism (such as mobile phone) to verify the certificates. Businesses will meet any additional staffing or infrastructure costs.
The scheme will be subject to parliamentary review every three weeks, as part of the review of Coronavirus Regulations. Any proposed changes to the scheme would be brought back to the Scottish Parliament for a decision.
This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that, as a business or an employer, you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics.
Businesses and event organisers who use the COVID Check app are data controllers under Data Protection legislation. Guidance will be published which explains what this means for you.
As a business or event organiser operating the scheme, you will need to:
- familiarise yourself with the Data Protection venue guidance and your obligations under the Data Protection Act
- display the COVID Check app privacy notice policy at the entrance(s) of your venue - a template is available to download and print
The Regulations require operators of late night premises and organisers of relevant events to treat information that can be used to determine the vaccination or medical status of a person, or whether a person is participating in, or has participated in, the trial of a vaccine against coronavirus as confidential.
There has been no change to the Scottish Government’s policy on COVID vaccination which remains voluntary. This means that employers should not use COVID vaccination or COVID certification as a condition of employment. Employers should also continue to adhere to their obligations under the Equality Act and should not discriminate against employees based on the medical status.