A Steady Progress towards Recovery
The COVID-19 Vaccination is finally seeing a steady rollout and building hope for a much-awaited end of the pandemic that has lasted more than a year already. There are eight COVID-19 vaccines that can lead us out of the pandemic, including notable ones by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Sputnik. Populations across nations are encouraged to register at their turn and partake in this operation to restore normalcy.
Vaccination and Tourism
As fully vaccinated people are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, they are safer travelers and are subject to fewer regulations. However, international travel is still not completely safe, and even fully vaccinated travelers should reconsider non-essential travel in light of the new COVID-19 variants being identified. The table below illustrates the difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers .
Vaccination as Medical Tourism
The term ‘vaccine tourism’ has been coined by travel agencies to attract people towards tourism again. This involves the act of traveling from one country or state to another to get a vaccine that is not yet available in your home country or state, and has been observed in America and Europe.
Medical Tourism is not a new concept, in fact it has been a large component of the tourism industry – people traveling for surgeries and cosmetic treatments. However, in the midst of a pandemic, this is not encouraged or even considered ethical. Traveling for vaccination means jumping the queue and accessing the vaccine before the local population and people more vulnerable to the virus.
Vaccination and Hospitality Technology
As we move forward with global vaccination, innovative organizations devise resourceful tools to aid the reopening of the hospitality industry in an effective way. Vaccine Passports are one such solution, with the potential to get people back in the air and hotels.
Vaccine Passport would be a free mobile application that serves as a health certificate for the immunized, safe traveller. The app would allow users to upload medical data, such as a COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination by a hospital or medical professional. This would generate a health certificate or pass in the form of a code that could be shown to authorities without revealing unnecessary personal information. This actionable solution would tremendously impact the hospitality and events industries and bring ease to tourism.
Vaccination for Hospitality Employees
It is important to recognize that hospitality and events employees have a high degree of exposure to people and so have a higher risk on the job. The pandemic has affected the sense of safety and mental well-being of the people-facing workforce. The vaccination surely brings a sigh of relief for hospitality workers and many companies strongly encourage employees to get vaccinated for their safety and comfort.
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