Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines are on the horizon folks.
Well, at least for those who love circling the globe.
In an interview with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, it was revealed that Australia’s flagship carrier will only accept international travelers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The airline hasn’t ruled out the possibility of also making it a requirement for domestic travelers.
Here’s a clip from the interview:
The CEO also commented that based on discussions with his colleagues, this will become a common policy with other airlines around the world.
This is where it all begins.
If you want to attend a concert, board a flight, or do anything fun, then you’ll have to prove you’ve had the jab for coronavirus.
Resilience prevailing. https://t.co/k7UWnEgVdm
— John Askew (@djjohnaskew) November 18, 2020
NEW: Qantas plans to insist that passengers on international flights have been vaccinated against #coronavirus before boarding its planes, once any jab is rolled out across the world
CEO Alan Joyce said he thinks a vaccine will become "a necessity" for international travel
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) November 23, 2020
— moneycontrol (@moneycontrolcom) November 16, 2020
No jab, no trip? 💉✈️
Qantas CEO suggests passengers will need a COVID-19 vaccine before travelling internationally.
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— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) November 23, 2020
As reported by the BBC:
The Australian flag carrier’s boss, Alan Joyce, said the move would be “a necessity” when vaccines are available.
“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe,” he said.
Australia shut down its international borders early in the pandemic and required those returning to quarantine.
The country has more recently relied on lockdowns, widespread testing and aggressive contact tracing to push daily infections nationwide close to zero.
In an interview with Australia’s Nine Network on Monday, Mr Joyce said Qantas was looking at ways of changing its terms and conditions for international travellers as the industry, which has been hit hard by travel restrictions, looks at ways of moving forward.
“We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft… for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that’s a necessity,” he told the broadcaster.
Just wait, you’ll start seeing other airlines announce similar policies once vaccines are more widely distributed around the world.
Many people have brushed this off as a nutty conspiracy theory for years, but the reality is finally here staring us right in the face.