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SNP humiliated by ‘concerning security glitch’ in key Covid vaccination certificate

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Scots travelling to a foreign country can download the vaccination status forms from the NHS Inform patient website. The certificate shows the dates of vaccination and which jabs were given to an individual.

But the glitch, uncovered today, revealed that personal details could be altered using popular computer software programmes.

This means that Scots were able to download a certificate and edit it to include a false name and address.

The Scottish Conservatives called for the flaw to be fixed instantly.

Party health spokesman Annie Wells MSP, added: “It’s extremely concerning that this security flaw has been uncovered at a time when people are looking for clarity from the Scottish Government around international travel.

“Instead, their safety is being put at risk by yet another glitch from the SNP Government’s rollout programme, this time on vaccine certifications.

“Vaccinations are our route back to normality and the Scottish Government has a duty to ensure this is done safely and efficiently.

“This security flaw must be rectified instantly – we can’t run the risk of a two-tier vaccine system.”

In response, a Scottish Government spokesman said they were “looking into rectifying this issue.”

They added: “This is an interim solution and records of vaccination status will be replaced by digital Covid Status Certificates in the summer, which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel.

“The measures are intended to ease the burden on the NHS by removing the need for people to ask their GP for a status record.”

The COVID-19 vaccine certificate scheme was announced by Edinburgh ministers earlier this week.

Under the scheme, only Scots travelling to destinations that require a record of vaccination status should download their certificate.

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Scots have been advised to request the certificate if they are due to travel internationally in the next 21 days.

The certificate is similar to an arrangement south of the border where people residing in England can use an NHS app to display proof of their status.

However, there are currently no countries requiring vaccination status to travel but Scottish Government ministers expect restrictions can change quickly.

Scots have been able to go on holiday abroad since May 17 with destinations categorised under a traffic light system adopted by all four Governments across the UK.

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