NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 06:30 am

Vaccine tourism: Australian travel bubble could bring spike in visitors seeking jabs

Vaccine tourism: Australian travel bubble could bring spike in visitors seeking jabs
MOH encourages any Australian vaccine tourists to wait before seeking Kiwi jab.

Photo / Getty Images New Zealand's egalitarian vaccine roll out is the best way of reaching herd immunity and fighting Covid 19, but are we prepared for Australian visitors jumping the ditch to get their jab?At the same time, Air New Zealand became one of the first airlines to trial the IATA digital vaccine passport.Closer to home the recently opened safe-travel corridor between Australia and New Zealand could soon become a route for transtasman vaccine tourists.Haere mai: Could New Zealand soon be welcoming vaccine tourists?

Photo / Sylvie Whinray Currently New Zealand's ambitious policy is to vaccinate everyone in the country "regardless of immigration status".Should Australia's rate of immunisation lag behind our own, or New Zealand reach herd immunity ahead of our neighbours, we could see a windfall of visitors arriving across the ditch.

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