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QANTAS: Puts passengers at risk of COVID-19. Scraps vaccination requirement

QANTAS: Puts passengers at risk of COVID-19. Scraps vaccination requirement

Qantas will no longer require international passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from Tuesday, 19 July 2022. This means that you could be travelling with a non-vaccinated passenger sitting next to you, putting you and them at risk of catching the virus.

This applies whether you are travelling from or to a country that requires passengers to be vaccinated to enter or transit through their airports. It is now vital that passengers check what the requirements are for entry or transit through a country, irrespective of Qantas requirements – or lack of them.

Qantas was the first airline in the world to introduce a ‘no jab, no fly’ rule announced way back in December 2020 once a vaccine was available. Mask wearing on Qantas flights is still mandatory – for now.

The new declaration is in line with the Australian government’s change in policy which now allows all overseas passengers entry with or without vaccination.

a package of face masks on a seat
These seem to have disappeared lately?

2PAXfly Takeout

I love digital, except when my phone dies, which happened to me on the last night of my recent visit to New Zealand

Personally, I think this is a bad decision, especially since we are about to face a wave of the even more infectious BA.4 and BA.5 variants of omicron.

Even if the mandated vaccination merely works as a wake-up call to passengers, it is valuable. To abandon the vaccine mandate for arriving passengers is to invite an increase in infection rates.

With COVID-19 now the major cause of death in Australia – with rates of around 300 per week, that’s 15,000 per year, this is not the time to be relaxing mandates.

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