Vaccine Tourism Is Being Encouraged

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As soon as the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine became available back in December, there were reports of people across the world working the system to get the shot ahead of their turn. Those who could afford to do so would travel to parts of the world that had more favorable restrictions, in turn taking vaccines away from marginalized communities heavily affected by the disease. However, as vaccine supply begins to outweigh the demand, this so-called “vaccine tourism” is becoming an encouraged practice.

In early May, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposal to offer visitors to popular tourist sites such as Central Park and Times Square a vaccine. “Come here; it’s safe,” he said in a press conference. “We’re going to take care of you. We’re going to make sure you get vaccinated while you’re here with us.” Additionally, there are 24 states that are not requiring residency for vaccines, and 25 more that offer the shot to both residents and non-resident workers. As restrictions ease and travel picks resumes, many destinations are hoping to attract travelers by encouraging vaccine tourism. (MIT Technology Review, 05.26.21)

While there is huge pent-up demand for travel, health and safety will remain a priority for those who are traveling. Are you aware of travel expectations when it comes to health and safety in a post-pandemic world? You need to be, and H2R can help. Schedule a free consultation today or send us an email at

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