No jab, no fly. That’s the message from Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO.
Earlier in the year, Qantas warned Aussies that international flights were unlikely to resume before July 2021 and following up on that announcement on A Current Affair, Alan Joyce has further warned viewers that Qantas is planning on changing their terms and conditions for flying so as to include compulsory vaccination if you want to get on board their aircraft. (Featured image: Photo by Pascal Renet from Pexels)
In other words, if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not flying out of the country.
And it might not just be Qantas either with Joyce explaining that talking with colleagues from across the world, compulsory vaccination as a requirement to enter or leave countries or board airlines appears to be a common theme.
This, though, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to Australians since our own government has for a minute been suggesting that visitors from overseas would need to provide proof of vaccination before entering Australia. It seems fair that the same would be applied to us.
— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) November 23, 2020
This proof of vaccination will likely be stored in a space on the microchip of passports, which governments and technology agencies around the globe are already developing and working out the logistics. The other, more costly, option for Australians considering the price of our right to fly, would be the need for an entirely new passport.
“There’s a lot of logistics,” Joyce said. ”A lot of technology that will be needed to put in place to make this happen, but the airlines and the governments are working on this as we speak.”
While vaccination will not be compulsory in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has encouraged us to take up the opportunity when they become available next year for free to all Australians.
In regards to domestic travel, Alan Joyce was a little less certain saying that it would depend on “what happens with COVID-19 in the market.”
Over to you, Australia.