The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022 and The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2022: equality impact assessment

This equality impact assessment (EQIA) is to analyse the potential impacts for each protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 of amending the definition of fully vaccinated to include the requirement for a booster if a primary course of MHRA vaccine was over 120 days ago and amend the definition of late night venue.


Mandatory Covid Status Certification came into force on 1 October 2021. This required certain premises and settings to ensure that there is a reasonable system in operation for establishing that all people in the premises can demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated or can present a record of a negative test in the last 24 hours or that they are exempt, and to refuse access to or remove any one who is not fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have completed a course of an authorised vaccine with the final dose having been received at least 2 weeks previously. If 120 days have passed since the primary course was completed you must have had a booster dose plus 10 days (this is to ensure that the vaccine has taken effect). A negative test result means that a person has received a negative Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test in the last 24 hours.

The settings covered in the original scheme on 1 October include:

  • late night premises with music, which serve alcohol after midnight and have a dancefloor or space where dancing by customers take place
  • indoor events (unseated) planned for 500 or more people at any one time
  • outdoor events (unseated) planned for 4,000 or more people at any one time
  • any event planned for 10,000 or more people at any one time

Based on evidence and a balance of the four harms[1] of the virus, the regulations were subsequently amended on 6th December to include a negative test result (either a lateral flow device (LFD) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from within the last 24 hours, as an alternative to proof of vaccination to gain entry to the settings in scope. Initially, the scheme – introduced on 1st October - did not include a negative test result as an alternative to proof of vaccination as we did not consider that it would be appropriate and believed it could undermine one of the policy aims of the scheme: to increase vaccine uptake. This new provision came into effect on 6 December.

This change makes it possible for more people to make use of the scheme, such as those who are not yet fully vaccinated. It also means that individuals who received a vaccine not recognised by the MHRA, or who have experienced difficulty accessing their vaccination record, will be able to attend venues covered by the scheme. We hope that the inclusion of testing will encourage the greater use of regular testing and will still support us to achieve our policy objective of reducing the risk of transmission of Coronavirus.

Ministers have been clear that the Covid Status Certification will not be a requirement for public services or other settings that many people have no option but to attend, such as public transport, health services and education.

The following people are exempt:

  • under 18s
  • people who for medical reasons cannot be fully vaccinated and cannot undertake a qualifying COVID-19 test
  • people taking part (or who have taken part) in vaccine trials
  • the person responsible for the premises
  • workers and volunteers at the premises or event
  • emergency services responders and regulators carrying out their work.

The regulations require the persons responsible for a setting to ensure there is a reasonable system in operation for checking that people seeking to enter the premises are either fully vaccinated or can provide record of a negative test result (either LFD or PCR), or are exempt, and to have in place a compliance plan for the system.



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