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Covid vaccine passports in Scotland are worth 'the fuss', insists John Swinney

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John Swinney has claimed he doesn't understand "the fuss" over the introduction of covid vaccine passports in Scotland. The Deputy First Minister defended the controversial scheme which was initially rolled-out in October and sees Scots asked to prove their vaccination status before they are allowed in certain venues.

Under current rules, members of the public are required to show a digital or paper copy of the passport before they can enter a nightclub or attend a large sporting event.

But Nicola Sturgeon this week hinted the scheme could soon be expanded to include other venues as a condition of Omicron restrictions being dropped.

Vaccine passports are opposed by the Conservatives and Lib Dems who view them as an unnecessary intrusion in people's private lives.There are also claims the scheme has failed to encourage vaccine hesitant members of the public to get jabbed.But Swinney - appearing in front of Holyrood's recovery committee - said: "The vaccine certification scheme works well."I fail to understand what the fuss is about it.

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