The United Kingdom has reacted angrily to the Scottish National Party’s claim that Scotland was passed over for a vaccine passport app.
A TENSE fight has erupted between the UK and the SNP-led Scottish Government over claims that Scotland was left out of a UK-wide app due to operating system differences.
Ministers in Scotland turned down an opportunity to join the Covid vaccine passport app, which is used in England and Wales, instead deciding to create their own £600k alternative, which has been plagued by bugs.
This is because the Scottish Government was told by UK Government officials that getting access to the NHS log-in required for the NHS app would “take at least 12 months.”
However, the UK government refuted the assertions today, stating that further investigation was required to identify a more accurate timeframe.
Following the scheme’s first weekend of implementation, which saw enormous lines of revellers outside late-night venues north of the border, the rollout has been dubbed “disastrous.”
Thousands of Scots have been banned to enter nightclubs due to a lack of records proving they have been double-vaccinated.
Donald MacLeod, the owner of a nightclub in Glasgow, said: “The vast majority of bettors were unable to use the app or provide the necessary verification.
“This is a terrible muddle that, if allowed to continue, will wreak havoc on the extremely vulnerable night-time economy.”
The Night Time Industries Association, which represents Scottish nightclubs, issued a statement on Saturday criticizing SNP officials for the “disastrous launch.”
On Thursday, the NTIA attempted to stop the vaccine passport system before the Court of Session, but was unsuccessful.
The vaccine passport plan, according to Chairman Mike Grieve, is “discriminatory” because persons without a passport or driver’s license are unable to use the app, and it is a “fundamentally defective policy.”
He continued, ” “We’ve said before that the policy would be difficult for operators to implement, and that uptake among the group that the government is attempting to push into getting the vaccine would be unaffected.
“We oppose the imposition of a vaccine passport in the first place, but if one is to be imposed, it should not be limited to a single sector of the economy, it should not be limited to late-night hospitality, and it should not be solely focused on double vaccination.”
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