MSPs due to vote on vaccine passport plan on Thursday

MSPs are due to debate Nicola Sturgeon’s plan on the afternoon of September 9.

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The Scottish Parliament is expected to vote on the proposals for vaccine passports at nightclubs and large events on Thursday.

MSPs are due to debate Nicola Sturgeon’s plan on the afternoon of September 9.

Earlier this week, the First Minister said the Government wants to bring the scheme in “quickly” in response to rising coronavirus cases in Scotland.

Proof of double vaccination would be used as a condition of entry for nightclubs and other large events, such as music festivals and some football matches.

Thursday’s debate on the Covid vaccination certification scheme is subject to agreement with Holyrood’s business bureau.

It comes as statistics confirmed the level of infection in Scotland is at its highest since estimates began last autumn.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed around one in 75 people were thought to have Covid-19 last week, a sharp rise from one in 140 the previous week.

In Friday’s daily figures, Scotland recorded ten deaths of coronavirus patients and 6711 cases in the past 24 hours.

The Scottish Government figures indicate the death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is 8,154.

The daily test positivity rate is 12.1%, up from 11.1% the previous day.

A total of 653 people were in hospital on Friday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up by 29 on the previous day, with 60 patients in intensive care, up five.

So far, 4,114,552 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 3,709,328 have had their second.