Qantas is firm on its position: get vaccinated or stay home!
The year 2020 has been difficult for humanity. The COVID-19 pandemic closed borders, destroyed industries, caused millions of direct and indirect casualties, brought down aviation, tourism, and horeca. After months of blockages, IATA and airlines hope to resume flights at full capacity only in the context in which passengers will be able to be tested before each flight.
If in 2020 you can travel based on a negative COVID-19 test. In 2021, it will most likely be possible to travel on the basis of evidence of a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
Get vaccinated or stay home!
As more and more good news comes from manufacturers of COVID vaccines, the idea of traveling only if you prove vaccination for the new coronavirus.
Qantas, through CEO Alan Joyce, is firmly in position: get vaccinated or stay home! With the start of the vaccination process against COVID-19, only those who will prove vaccination will be able to board their planes.
I wrote dozens of articles about the disaster in the aviation industry and tourism, about the huge efforts made to avoid bankruptcies. Hence the statement by the head of the Australian national airline: " we will change terms and conditions reservations on international routes, so as to require vaccination before boarding".
The idea of a vaccination passport was also circulated, certifying that the vaccine was made. Thus, on each international trip, passengers can be checked in real time if they have the vaccine. Logistically speaking, it is a quick check / validation measure.
And the idea launched by Alan Joyce will certainly be taken over and implemented by the entire aviation industry, but it will only be a matter of time depending on the start of vaccination.
It remains to be seen how passengers will receive these measures. According to international statistics, more and more people are becoming skeptical about the new coronavirus vaccine. In France, for example, only 54% of the population would agree to be vaccinated. In Australia, too, the percentage of those who would accept the vaccine is declining, reaching 79%, compared to 88% in August.
Will you get the vaccine against the new coronavirus, especially in the context in which you want to travel internationally?