In a recent survey conducted by the Harris poll, Americans support the use of vaccine passports for air travel by a wide margin. When asked if they supported requiring those traveling from those countries where a major outbreak is occurring to have a vaccine to prevent a disease, a total of 52% of those surveyed said yes, versus 31% who said no.
A new study, conducted by the Yale School of Public Health’s Center for Bioethics, found broad support in the United States for mandatory vaccines at airports. The vast, vast majority of the 7,000 people surveyed in the United States said they support mandatory vaccines for all travelers entering the country. The study also found that when it comes to vaccines for travelers leaving the country, the majority (63 percent) support mandatory vaccines for all travelers, with 47 percent in support of all but some.
As the United States continues to battle the largest epidemic of infectious disease in its history, with the recent Ebola scare, the majority of Americans appear to be on board with the idea of making vaccines mandatory for air travel, according to a new poll.
By a large margin, Americans support vaccine passports for air travel.
on August 17, 2021 by Gary Leff
According to recent polls (pdf, p.7), requiring immunization to travel on an aircraft has widespread support in the United States. Regardless of political party, age, or wealth, this is true. It applies to people of all races and from all parts of the nation (p.137).
Overall, support for vaccination passports for air travel is 2-1, with 64 percent of respondents in favor, which is higher than support for such a requirement to attend concerns or athletic events.
Unsurprisingly, individuals who have not been vaccinated are the only ones who oppose this mandate. Those who have not been vaccinated but say they will get one “when they get around to it” actually favor the mandate 52-48. Opponents are the so-called “strong anti-vaxxers.”
President Biden studied and rejected requiring travelers to be vaccinated before flying, but he is considering requiring all foreign visitors to get vaccinated in place of country-specific travel restrictions (like for those who have recently been in the U.K. or Brazil).
The survey data makes no difference between support for vaccination evidence (vaccine passports) for local and foreign travel. This applies to all types of travel. It wasn’t even a soft sell in the survey; respondents referred to it as “vaccine passports.”
Do you think a “vaccine passport” should be introduced for the following public activities? Taking a plane flight
All United Airlines workers must be vaccinated (unless an exemption is allowed, such as for medical or religious reasons). Their flight attendants’ union is refusing to even help cabin staff get an exemption. Other airlines, such as Frontier and Hawaiian, have declared regulations (of different severity), while Delta will just need immunization for new workers and American and Southwest will not mandate it at all.
Passengers aren’t required to have it, and that’s all that counts to consumers. You spend much more time in the middle seat, or crammed with other passengers when boarding and on the jetway, than you do with the airline’s agents and flight attendants. A vaccinated pilot has no discernible effect on customer protection.
Getting oneself immunized is the single most essential thing you can do. Even while it seems that a vaccinated individual is more likely to get a breakthrough infection after two complete doses of an mRNA vaccine and is more likely to transmit the virus,
- They’re still less likely to acquire the virus and spread it.
- For a shorter length of time, they are contagious.
Even if there was no need for vaccination to enter the airport, I would prefer to travel on an airline where I knew everyone else was inoculated (which also lacks HEPA air filtration the other factors which make the aircraft cabin itself a safer environment than many other indoor congregant settings).
Do you think it’s a good idea to mandate vaccinations for plane travel? Would you support a single airline enforcing such a requirement?
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