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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-02422
Asked by: Annabelle Ewing, Cowdenbeath, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 23 August 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether the NHS Scotland COVID-19 vaccination certificate app will recognise participants in the Valneva vaccine trial as having been vaccinated.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 4 October 2021


The Scottish Government is grateful to everyone who has volunteered for COVID-19 vaccine trials in Scotland. The clinical trials participants have made an important contribution in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The digital application to record the COVID-19 vaccine will be available from 30th September. Clinical trial participants who have received a licenced product and are un-blinded will be able to access the application.

Other clinical trial participants will not have access to the application at this time. However, other measures are in place to provide proof of vaccination. This includes a letter of support and subsequently participants will receive a hard copy Record of Vaccination which contains security features and 1-D barcode.

This Record of Vaccination can be used across the UK. In due course, this will be replaced by a QR Record of Vaccination with a QR code.

The Scottish Government are committed to ensuring that these participants are not disadvantaged. Work is ongoing to ensure that vaccine status is correctly presented on the coronavirus vaccine database.

All those individuals who have participated in coronavirus vaccine clinical trials in Scotland, should have already received a letter from their Chief Investigator confirming their involvement. The letter allows them to attend events or access services throughout the UK in the same way as those who are fully vaccinated.

You may find more information on clinical trials on NHS inform: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status for clinical trial participants | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (