Aberdeen announce U-Turn on vaccine certification for Celtic match

By Euan Davidson

October 1, 2021

Celtic supporters attending Sunday’s match against Aberdeen will not have to show vaccine passport certification outside Pittodrie.

The Dons had previously announced that certification spot-checks would be in place for the crucial meeting between Celtic and Aberdeen [AFC/Twitter].

However, due to problems with implementation, Aberdeen suits have decided that it’s too early to carry out such a protocol. As such, they’ve announced that everyone with a ticket is able to attend, regardless of vaccine certification.

Aberdeen announced [AFC]:

“With less than two days to go, the issues with the App combined with unanswered questions about implementation have forced us to reconsider our plans for testing the scheme at the Celtic game.

“Earlier this week it was announced that the scheme, due to be implemented today, was not going to be enforced until 18th of October. This “grace period” was to allow organisations to “test, adapt and build confidence in practical arrangements”.

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“We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to pull off our test plans for Sunday’s game. But, having just received quite lengthy guidance today, it’s impossible to digest and train our staff and stewards in less than 48 hours. As a result, no-one will be asked to show proof of vaccine.

“We fully appreciate the confusion this has now caused as well as the controversy surrounding the scheme.

“According to our recent survey, the majority of our fans are double-vaccinated. But there are others who are not and also those who feel strongly about having to show proof of vaccines. Equally, there are supporters very much in favour of showing proof of vaccine.”

Celtic supporters given one less thing to worry about ahead of Aberdeen match

Given the recent furore over the NHS Scotland Covid status app [Scotsman], it’s little wonder spot-checks have been scrapped for now.

You can still download a PDF or print a hard copy of your vaccine status, for other events. The reality is that such measures are likely to become common-place in days and weeks to come.

However, the timing of the game and the failed roll-out of the official NHS Scotland app has caused plenty of consternation and controversy over recent days.

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To ensure the safety of supporters, clubs will have to take measures, more so than they currently are. Whatever results from that will be the product of much consultation, debate and feedback from supporters.

For now, though, as long as you’ve recently tested negative and you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms, you should be fine to get to games. It’s a weight off the minds for travelling Celtic supporters.

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