After the news that Pfizer's early results on a new COVID-19 vaccine showed a 90% efficacy rate across 43000+ trial participant’s, the good news is that at some point next year, life might actually return to normal. The United Kingdom is expected to start vaccinating 5000 people per day before the end of the year with the US and other countries to follow a similar vaccination programme. Most likely, elderly and vulnerable people will be first in line for the new vaccine, with the rest of the population expected to continue social distancing and other relaxed restrictions.

Part of this new way of life involves events organiser, Ticketmaster, an American ticket sales and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, California, laying out new requirements for fans entering shows to see their favourite artists. Mark Yovich, president of the firm said: “We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting -- whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval - which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” speaking to Billboard magazine.

Billboard reports that Ticketmaster plans to use a new smartphone app that verifies if the ticket holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, which potentially raises a human rights issue. After you purchase a ticket from Ticketmaster, you would then be required to prove you’ve had the vaccine via the app. The only other option you would be given is to take a test 24-72 hours before entering the show, which would allow you access if the test came back negative. It’s not clear if the test would be free or if the user would have to pay the bill.

So far, this is only being discussed for the US, but no doubt other countries will most likely have to follow the same procedure as Ticketmaster are a global events organiser.

There really shouldn’t be any reason for this procedure to be in place. People have never been required to provide evidence of their health status to enter a public event, so why now? The obvious reason may be to prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed, however, we know that COVID 19 generally has serious health implications for the eldery or vulnerable and they will be the first to receive the vaccine anyway.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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