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Covid passport scanner launched so stewards can verify passes at major sports events as stadiums return to full capacity - after criticism of cursory checks at Wembley and Wimbledon

Stewards at sports events, including Premier League football matches, can now be equipped with scanners to verify fans’ Covid Passports are genuine, after NHSX completed trials of a new ‘verifier app’.

The introduction of the new technology supports the return to full capacity at stadiums.

Government guidance encourages the organisers of large events, including top flight football matches, to utilise Covid passports to keep people safe as attendances ramp up.

Passports provide proof of a double-dose of vaccine, a negative test or natural immunity from a previous infection via the NHS app, and have been a key feature at Covid test events this summer.