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    TBH most/many people in the UK have an annual flu jab and don't think twice about it. Before I reached a certain age I paid for the jab having suffered a bad dose of the flu some years ago (and when I did have it I was very fit and it absolutely pole axed me from which I took weeks to recover). So I can see an annual covid boost as becoming the norm. Get behind me in the queue .
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    We're already devoted adherents of the annual flu jab, TF, so we'll be right there with you!

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    The BBC News site is carrying this report today, inevitability draws closer??

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56169616
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    And this report from TravelMole. IATA has consistently been at the front of pushing this.

    Covid Travel Pass 'ready within weeks'


    A digital global Covid Travel Pass will be ready to roll out within weeks, says the international airline body IATA.

    The pass, which will be tested first by Qatar Airways, will store passengers' test and vaccination records.

    While the idea of a 'vaccination passport' is being resisted by some, others welcome the move as a way of reopening international travel.

    Travel insurance broker AllClear says a recent poll of 3,000 of its customers found 88% believed they should be mandatory.
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    The evidence suggests this will need to become reality for international travel to get moving again. It's going to be tough in areas where it's hard to get a vaccination (we still have absolutely NO idea in Florida when that might be; at the current rate it will be July, if we're lucky), so it's probably going to be a real crapshoot, even if they can set up something as complex as this in a couple of months. The will is definitely there, I think, but actually getting it going? Not so easy.

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    Also there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea, mainly from democracy supporters (implying the rest of us aren't), vax deniers, and anti-Govt. players, especially if some of the comments on the BBC News items are to be taken into account.
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    The nay-sayers may find themselves in an overlooked minority VERY quickly if the various governments decide this is the way to go. It will become a choice - don't get vaccinated if you don't want to, but don't expect all your options for travel, etc, to remain the same. It's going to be that simple, I think, as the needs for full trade, commerce and travel will far outweigh the blinkered views of the anti-vax brigade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    The nay-sayers may find themselves in an overlooked minority VERY quickly if the various governments decide this is the way to go. It will become a choice - don't get vaccinated if you don't want to, but don't expect all your options for travel, etc, to remain the same. It's going to be that simple, I think, as the needs for full trade, commerce and travel will far outweigh the blinkered views of the anti-vax brigade.
    This is precisely what was reflected in a couple of polls I was looking at yesterday. Many people were saying "is you want to travel, you need to be vaccinated. If not, don't travel".
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    I like the idea of a passport. You can travel with confidence that way, and air travel especially would be likely to resume more quickly.

    It's important, I think, to remember that we still know relatively little about this virus in terms of longevity. Will we all need boosters? Will it mutate itself into extinction or become more deadly? How will the vaccines play out when the majority of the world is vaccinated?

    Even if it's only until some big questions are answered, I think making the vaccine a requirement for air travel (for those who CAN be vaccinated) is sound thinking. That way, they help protect those who can't be vaccinated, too.
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    Susan, totally agree. Until we know how this virus is going to go we need some kind of reassurance when we travel.

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