News circulated this week about Ticketmaster working on a plan to get concert-goers to verify their vaccination status through their phone.
The idea was to get fans to show if they've tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 24–72 hours.
The plan had three main actors:
- the Ticketmaster digital ticket app
- a third party health information company like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM's Digital Health Pass, and
- information from testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp and the CVS Minute Clinic.
Just a day later, Ticketmaster began walking back their stance:
“While Ticketmaster is exploring such an idea, it said there will be 'absolutely no requirement' for mandated vaccines,” they said. “We are not forcing anyone to do anything.”
Ticketmaster assured they would never have access to your medical records. They just wouldn't sell you tickets if you didn't have a vaccine. Simple.
“Ticketmaster does not have the power to set policies around safety/entry requirements, which would include vaccines and/or testing protocols,” the company said. “That is up to the discretion of the event organizer.”
TV host Piers Morgan has vowed to take a vaccine live on air to convince the populace of it's safety, drawing parallels to the 1950s when Elvis Presley took part in pro-polio vaccine PSAs directed at the America's youth.
Meanwhile, entrepreneur Elon Musk says there's something extremely “bogus” going on with the coronavirus test, which have yielded both positive and negative results in controlled settings.
In Greece, the latest lockdown (set to last until the end of November, 2020), has seen criticism for enacting new rules which featured the following:
People will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, physical exercise or medical reasons and only after sending a text message to authorities.
While high schools will be online-learning only, young children will still being going to class, with their schools remaining open, one of the only valid reasons a citizen may leave their home.
At the time of this article, Greece has 959 coronavirus deaths, in a population of almost 11 million.