NHS Scotland COVID Status App

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 28 April 2022.

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Photo of Stephanie Callaghan Stephanie Callaghan Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to extend the NHS Scotland COVID Status app to 12 to 15-year-olds in order to support the increasing number of families that are returning to international travel. (S6O-01019)

Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

We are currently exploring an age-appropriate way to provide digital access to Covid status for children under 16. In the meantime, children under 16 in Scotland who have been vaccinated can obtain a paper certificate of their vaccination status via NHS Inform.

Photo of Stephanie Callaghan Stephanie Callaghan Scottish National Party

More broadly and looking forward, does the Scottish Government see an on-going need to maintain and develop similar applications as part of its preparation for future pandemics?

Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

Yes. I think that that is a wise thing for any Government to consider, given the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The member will know that we have a standing committee on pandemics, which continues to advise the Government about any future preparations.

The app that we have developed works well for international travel but, as I alluded to in response to Stephanie Callaghan’s first question, there is further development and evolution of the app still to go. We are keen to complete the work for under-16s prior to the summer holidays.