It’s official now. Anyone planning a holiday in Europe this Summer, will need to be vaccinated against coronavirus. EU leaders confirmed last night that vaccine passports would be introduced in time for Summer holidays.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters:
“Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate. This will make travelling within the EU possible and could pave the way for further travel from third countries into the EU.”
She told reporters that it might take three months for the European Commission to roll out the technology. Greece and Spain have led the calls for the introduction of the passports as their economies are heavily dependent on tourism.
Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that if the EU didn’t reach a swift agreement on the passports, the private sector would beat them to it. Greece is giving citizens a certificate after they’ve had the jab.
I’m not prone to pessimism, but I don’t expect that I’ll ever travel overseas again. I can live with it. My partner on the other hand, who is French, cannot. Her entire family is in Nancy. Her mother is in rude health thank God, but she’s a pensioner. She hasn’t seen her daughter in over a year.
Caroline, my partner, has no intention of taking the vaccine, but fears that she’ll be forced into it. She had grudgingly accepted that she might have to take rapid covid tests to board a plane. She could have lived with that, but now it’s looking more and more likely, that travellers will have to receive the jab. Welcome to Dystopia.