The launch of Scotland’s coronavirus vaccine passport app has been hit by widespread reports of technical problems.
Members of the public complained they were unable to get the NHS Scotland COVID Status app working after it was made available for download on Apple and Android devices on Thursday afternoon.
Proof of vaccination is now required to enter nightclubs and large events in Scotland, although the Scottish Government has agreed a grace period during which the scheme will not be legally implemented.
Addressing reports of a glitch with the app, Holyrood’s spokesperson suggested that “extremely high initial traffic” was to blame, advising people to “try again a few hours later”.
Users reported being unable to register on the app, while others shared screenshots showing that they were unable to get past the log-in page.
This comes after a legal bid by Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) Scotland to delay the rollout of the Vaccine Passport scheme was rejected by the Court of Session.
The dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Roddy Dunlop QC, who was appointed to represent the NTIA, described the app as “the worst I’ve ever tried to use”.
“I don’t risk exaggeration. I promise,” he said. “And I recognize right away that I was originally instructed to challenge the introduction of the COVID passport and therefore I am not neutral.
“But give the app a try; See comments below. Truly, this is by far the worst app I’ve tried to use.”
Former Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlow called the launch a “spectacle”, claiming that the app is “the SNP government in essence. Haste, misconceived, ignorant of the opposition and does not work fundamentally”.
Dr Christine Tait-Burkard, an infection specialist at the University of Edinburgh, also revealed she was unable to get the new app to work, as she appeared on BBC Radio Scotland on Friday morning, arguing the plan was “some Can persuade hesitant people” to jab.
“Large studies on international travel have shown that [proof of vaccination] The amount of vaccine in the younger generation is increasing between 5 and 10 percent, which we absolutely need.”
“And in France, we see that day-to-day life is undermined by the need to have a vaccine passport, which has again taken the lead very clearly.”