Qantas’ CEO last month struck a nerve by saying that all passengers will require a COVID-19 vaccine for flying on international flights.
We reported last month about Qantas CEO’s statement on vaccine requirements for international flying. Some people thought that it was sensible and some thought like it was passenger’s choice about getting vaccinated. But on Thursday, he doubled down the idea.
“Our position on this is clear. We have a duty of care to our people and our passengers, and once a safe and effective vaccine becomes readily available, it will be a requirement for travel on our international services,” said Mr Joyce in comments on Thursday.
“We will always put safety ahead of popularity.”, he added.
He cited a recent Qantas customer survey that found 87% of respondents said they would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was required to travel internationally. In addition to this, 85% of survey takers thought a COVID-19 vaccine should be required for travel to some countries.
“I acknowledge some people are opposed to vaccines in-principle. We respect that. But in return, we ask everyone who travels on Qantas and Jetstar to respect our safety protocols – which will include a COVID vaccine for international flights.”
“We are looking very closely into the use of technology in this COVID-19 response, one of them how we can work with member states toward an e-vaccination certificate.”
Well, it looks those who want to travel with Qantas once it resumes international flying will have to get vaccinated. Because according to Mr. Alan Joyce, No Vaccination will mean No flying with Qantas.
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