Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are surging in the United States and across the world, as reported by The New York Times. Cases are up 37 percent over the past two weeks and deaths are up nearly 50 percent. In no state are cases going down.
With that said, there might be a little light at the end of the tunnel, according to The Vacationer. For one, vaccines are being distributed and the incoming Biden Administration promised to release nearly all available vaccine doses immediately. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of Americans (74 percent) said that, if required for travel, they would agree to a COVID-19 vaccine passport or app, so airlines and border authorities could check your vaccination status and COVID-19 test results. “In an era of privacy concerns, this is an astoundingly high percentage,” says The Vacationer in its report.
As for when Americans would feel comfortable traveling again, 28 percent said they are comfortable right now. Twenty-four percent said “When I get the vaccine” and 32 percent said “When enough of the general population gets the vaccine;” only 16 percent said they will not travel again until society returns to pre-COVID life.
When asked if they would take the COVID-19 vaccine if it were required to do any of the following, 63 percent said they would in order to fly on a plane; 56 percent to stay in a hotel; 57 percent to visit a specific state; and 52 percent to enter a foreign country. Just over one-fifth (21 percent) said they will not take the vaccine under any circumstance. Along those lines, only 44 percent of American said they trust the vaccine enough to travel to high-risk areas. Additionally, 59 percent said they do not feel safe traveling without a vaccination to an international destination that requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
The survey included 520 American adults over the age of 18 and was conducted online using SurveyMonkey's interface/audience on our behalf on January 9, 2021.
Source: The Vacationer