Vaccine Tourism – How the Rich Get Inoculated

by Oliver Boyers
vaccine tourism

Covid Vaccine Tourism is fast becoming one of the new ways in which people travel. It involves traveling to a country in order to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Surplus

Due to the scarcity of the Covid-19 vaccine, many people are traveling to countries that have a surplus of the vaccines in order to get inoculated. Many countries that have managed to secure themselves more of the vaccine than they need, have a plan. Instead of selling their surplus, they can use it to drive their tourism sector.

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For example, Britain has ordered 367 million doses of seven different vaccines for its population of roughly 67 million. Countries within the European Union have secured nearly 2.3 billion doses for its 450 million people. These numbers are far beyond what they require and it begs the question: what will they do with all that surplus?

Dubai’s New Desert Attraction – Vaccine Tourism

Dubai, another country with a large vaccine surplus, has a history of creatively stimulating its tourism sector. This time, there are mentions of being able to travel to Dubai in order to get a vaccine. Dubai is currently offering free access to the vaccine to all its citizens and has been able to inoculate 8% of its population so far.

Their idea for vaccine tourism is to encourage high net worth individuals, without access to the vaccine in their home countries, to travel to Dubai for their jabs. This would effectively keep those individuals in the country for at least two weeks as the two injections required to complete the vaccination need to be two weeks apart.

In the face of a globally failing tourism sector, this strategy could do well in giving tourism-reliant businesses (like our awesome blog here) the kick start it so desperately needs.

Bring the Vaccine to South Africa

Hopefully, our home country of South Africa will be able to get its hands on some vaccines. So long as no one steals the money allocated to purchasing them. The South African government doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to covid relief money being stolen.




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