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Report: Airlines to Require “Health Pass,” Vaccine Certificate Before Allowing Passengers to Fly

“No health pass, no flying.”

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Airlines are likely to require passengers to sign up for a “health pass” which includes a digital certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 before allowing them to fly, according to a new report.

The system would be similar in nature to that being considered by Ticketmaster, who it was revealed earlier this week are considering making customers prove they’ve had the vaccine or a negative coronavirus test before allowing them to purchase tickets.

Ticketmaster later clarified that a final decision on such measures would be up to event organizers but that they were still mulling over the implementation of the system.

Now according to a new report by Axios, airlines are likely to follow the same model.

“Three global alliances representing 58 airlines are pushing governments to allow widespread COVID-19 testing of passengers instead of existing quarantine restrictions that they argue are ineffective and have killed travel demand,” states the report.

Airline passengers would be subject to similar measures being considered by Ticketmaster whereby they would have to verify they’ve been vaccinated or tested negative 24 to 72 hours before the flight.

“The bottom line: No heath pass? No admittance. And perhaps, no flying,” states the report.

The system would likely be organized under the auspices of CommonPass, a program sponsored by the World Economic Forum, which is pushing for a post-COVID “Great Reset” that would transform the world.

With Uber and other companies also beginning to refuse services to people who fail to comply with coronavirus restrictions, the “new normal” will likely create a lower caste of refusniks who are barred from traveling, any form of social life, and in the future even basic financial services.

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Rich People & Journalists Made Exempt From Having to Enter COVID Quarantine

“High value business travellers” won’t have to self-isolate.

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Journalists and rich people defined as “high value business travellers” will be made exempt from having to enter a 2 week COVID quarantine when they return to the UK under new rules announced by the government.

“From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list,” reports Sky News.

Those categories include journalists, “high value business travellers,” performing arts professionals and wealthy sports stars.

Under current rules, anyone returning from a country not on the UK’s “travel corridor” list has to self-isolate at home for 14 days or face escalating fines.

Public Health England said the new measures will not raise the risk of domestic transmission of coronavirus.

The rule change is being pitched as a way to help boost the economy, but many responded by framing it as a classic example of elitist privilege.

“We are being governed by absolute fools, clowns and charlatans. If I’m rich enough to afford Business Class I’m immune to Covid?” asked one Twitter user.

“Ah! One rule for “us” and another for all the “little people”. Shrewd move just when trust and social cohesion is needed,” remarked another.

“What a load of rubbish. You mean those well off don’t need to follow “quarantine measures,” said another.

“There will be some big businesses that are able to take advantage of it,” said Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, underscoring once again how the rules favor large transnational corporations while small businesses continue to go bust.

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Americans to Get ‘Vaccination Card’ to Prove They’ve Taken the COVID Shot

100 million expected to be immunized by February.

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Americans will receive a ‘vaccination card’ showing they’ve taken the COVID-19 shot, raising the prospect that airlines and venues could refuse service to those who are not immunized.

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN.

The vaccination card will be issued by the CDC and patients will be asked to provide a cell phone number so they can be contacted when it is time to receive their second dose.

Vaccination clinics will also send records of who has taken the shot to state immunization registries and every dose administered will also be reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the first doses of the vaccine will be made available to health care workers, 100 million Americans are expected to have been vaccinated against COVID by February, according to Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed.

As we have previously highlighted, while governments won’t mandate the vaccine, venues, employers and service providers could all insist that customers take the shot.

Given that polls show nearly half of Americans have indicated they won’t take the vaccine, this would create a huge number of people who could be denied the right to travel and a social life.

Several airlines have already suggested they will make the vaccine compulsory for travel, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce asserting last month, “We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.”

As we highlighted yesterday, the Welsh government has also announced that citizens will be given ID cards to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

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Companies in U.S. Unlikely to Make COVID Vaccine Mandatory Condition of Employment

Nearly half of Americans say they won’t take it.

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Despite having the regulatory backing to make getting the COVID vaccine a mandatory condition of employment, most companies in the U.S. are unlikely to do so for fear of provoking a backlash.

That’s according to a Reuters report, which notes that, “Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission previously ruled that employees had to get a COVID test before returning to work and this could set the precedent for vaccines.

“Companies have every good reason to get all of their employees vaccinated and also have an obligation to keep all employees and customers safe,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University.

However, Robert Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, said that companies were in uncharted territory given the rushed approval of the COVID vaccine and its emergency use authorization, which has no precedent.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also previously asserted that employers have the right to mandate vaccines.

Early indications however suggest the vaccine will not be compulsory, with major companies like Ford Motor Co. and Kellogg Co. only offering it on a voluntary basis.

“Companies could theoretically issue a mandate, but in the current political climate it is very unlikely they will do so,” said Peter Meyers, a law professor at George Washington University Law School.

Others point to cases involving infringements on religious freedom which could end up at the newly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

With polls showing around half of Americans indicating they will not take the vaccine, companies face too stiff an opposition to attempt to make the shot mandatory as a condition of employment.

As we have previously highlighted, in the UK the debate has largely centered around whether bars, restaurants, cinemas and other venues will mandate the vaccination as a condition of entry.

Some airlines have also indicated they will demand digital proof of vaccination before allowing a passenger to fly.

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