Could a Covid-19 vaccine stamp in passports become the new reality for travellers?
There are rumours that travellers who’ve had the Covid vaccine may have a stamp in their passport to allow them to journey freely.
Qantas Airlines, the flag provider of Australia, has already mentioned worldwide travellers should show they’ve been inoculated to fly with them.
The transfer has prompted not less than one tour operator to tug all flights with Qantas in protest. Tradewinds tour operator tweeted their issues:
We are usually not anti-vaccination however we’re pro-choice. There is a big distinction between coercion and making a free selection.
There could also be extra to come back with Korean Air and Air New Zealand additionally hinting that they’re contemplating placing into place the similar measures.
The no jab, no fly stipulation has had a combined reception amongst travellers – some have taken to Twitter to vent their anger about the Qantas measure whereas others see it as a needed measure just like the required Yellow Fever vaccine when travelling to Angola or the Congo.
The Government’s personal Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) are debating the challenge. Janet Lord, professor of immune cell biology at the University of Birmingham, mentioned: “a vaccine passport does make sense, at least initially”.
“It is tantamount to making the vaccine compulsory, which no other vaccine is.”
However, Ian Jones, professor of virology at the University of Reading mentioned: “It is tantamount to making the vaccine compulsory, which no other vaccine is.”
Last week Tory MP James Sunderland introduced up the challenge of passport stamps as proof of being vaccinated, He requested Prime Minister Boris Johnson whether or not he had thought of “the utility of having vaccination stamps in passports, or an equivalent scheme, to get our plans off the ground”.
Johnson mentioned that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was “looking at all such schemes” and will supply an assurance that he had heard the name “loud and clear”.