62% of Americans in a Recent Poll Say the Unvaccinated Shouldn't Be Allowed to Fly on Airplanes. The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 1005 people earlier this week. Currently, however, there is no U.S. plan to stop unvaccinated people from flying, especially since at time of writing, COVID-19 vaccines haven't been approved for children. Hawaii, could exempt vaccinated travelers from pre-flight COVID-19 testing and the 10-day quarantine required of those who don't have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding their Hawaii-bound flight.
At least some airlines will require all international travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19: Qantas will require passengers to be vaccinated. United Airlines wants to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for employees, and some international airlines, such as Singapore Airlines and Etihad, have already vaccinated all crew for their flights. Separately, cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises Will Require All Guests to Be Vaccinated.
The CommonPass and the IATA Travel Pass are among the smartphone apps being trialed as digital health passes that verify passengers' COVID-19 vaccine and test results without divulging any other personal health data.
In the same Reuters poll, nearly as many, 60% of respondents, wanted their employer to require all employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office and 56% believed unvaccinated employees should work at home.
Overall, 54% of those surveyed in the Reuters poll were “very interested” in getting vaccinated. That was up from a January survey, when only 41% were very interested in being vaccinated.
In a different PBS NewsHour/NPR poll of 1227 American adults released on 3/11/21, intention to get vaccinated differed significantly by political affiliation: 87% of Democrats planned to get vaccinated or had already been vaccinated, while 56% of Republicans said the same. Among Republican men, only 50% planned to get vaccinated or had already received the vaccine.
So far, while 18% of the U.S. population has already received at least one vaccine dose, there's a significant range amongst states. 28% of residents in New Mexico and Connecticut have received at least one vaccine shot, while in Georgia it's only 15%. Some cities are even more varied: in NYC, 60% of the Breezy Point area of Queens have received at least their first vaccine dose, while in the area near JFK Airport, only 14% of residents have received their first vaccine dose.
While it's unlikely to happen on U.S. flights, do you wish it was possible to require all passengers to be vaccinated, once the vaccine has been approved for all age groups and made available to all residents?
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