December 31 could be especially welcome this year. It'll see the disastrous 2020 finally behind us while hopefully, based on the latest forecasts, opening the new year with a COVID-19 vaccine in the wings.
As previously reported, the Federal Government plans to offer free vaccines to all Australians across 2021, starting with the promising Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine in the first two months and potentially ramping up with the University of Queensland vaccine from mid-year.
The aim is to have a staggering 84 million doses of both coronavirus vaccines produced over the course of the year – subject to both vaccines proving successful in clinical trials, of course.
An estimated 3.8 million doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine would be made available by the end of February for front-line healthcare workers and people in at-risk categories such as those with asthma or heart disease, transplant recipients and cancer patients, as well as the elderly.
A shot in the arm for travel and tourism
Two injections would be needed: an initial kick-starter to begin producing the antibodies, followed by a booster dose within several weeks.
This means that almost two million Australians could be vaccinated within those first two months.
After that, anybody who wanted the vaccine could register and line up for their shots in the same way that the annual winter flu shots are managed.
This could be the key to international borders reopening, overseas flights restarting and, for our readers, a return to both business and leisure travel after a year or more of being grounded.
So this week we're asking Executive Traveller readers how you'll approach the COVID-19 vaccine: will you be among the first in line to get the jab, or will you wait until later in the year (and if so, why?).
And: do you expect there'll also be a need to produce a negative COVID test result, along with a vaccination certificate, before hopping onto a flight?
Share your thoughts with us and other Executive Traveller readers in the comments box below.