‘Shambles from day one!’ Sturgeon apologises for ‘disastrous’ vaccine passport scheme

Nicola Sturgeon hits back at criticism from Douglas Ross

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The First Minister has admitted that the failed attempt to launch the app has caused public trust in the scheme to fall. On Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon stated that the initiative will not be abandoned, despite calls to ditch the “disastrous policy”.

Many nightclubs and Aberdeen FC abandoned plans to check vaccination status over the weekend as the application was experiencing widespread glitches.

Speaking at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon admitted that the launch was not “remotely satisfactory”.

She apologised for the issues members of the public and businesses faced with the glitches.

However, the First Minister claimed that the application was now working well despite reports some people still were unable to get the system to work.

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“I am of course well aware that many people found it extremely difficult to use the app initially,” she said.

“This problem was especially acute over Thursday evening and Friday.

“I know this caused extreme frustration for users who wanted to download the app as quickly as possible, and also for businesses and events organisers who were planning to test their certification arrangements over the weekend.

“I apologise for that.”

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Ms Sturgeon claimed that part of the initial problems had been caused by the fact that the data was not being sent quickly enough from NHS systems.

She reassured on Tuesday that the problem was solved and the backlog was cleared.

However, not everyone was convinced the technology is fully functioning.

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, claimed some people are still reporting problems.

The Scottish Tory leader stated the vaccination passport scheme had been an “utter shambles from day one”.

He claimed that the malfunctions over the weekend now made the scheme a “complete and utter embarrassment”.

He said: “It’s extraordinary that Nicola Sturgeon won’t accept that this disastrous policy should have been delayed, after such a chaotic start.

”It’s about time she listened to businesses and scrapped it altogether.”

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