Vaccinations are not ‘Golden Ticket’ for Covid-Free Air Travel

Continual Covid-19 testing for air travel will become ‘Covid’ early warning system to prevent next ‘third wave’.

Travel Industry Warned Not To Become Complacent

British healthcare company SALUTARIS PEOPLE has issued a stark warning to those in the travel industry and aviation sector who believe airline passengers that have been vaccinated should not need to be tested or quarantined.

The company warned that such complacency could lead to a potential next wave of infection rates as they labour under the false belief of immunity. Airline travel played a huge part in the early stages of spreading the Covid-19 virus before a pandemic was declared.

Advice to Governments

Salutaris People issued a warning to all Governments about the importance of maintaining strict Covid 19 testing programmes between now and the Autumn as infection rates continue to drop. By ensuring Covid testing programmes are maintained it will provide a Covid-19 ‘early-warning’ detector if global infection rates start rising again.

The UK Government is set to announce its latest plans for travel restrictions being lifted later this week. It is anticipated this will fall into a traffic light system with countries graded red, amber and green in terms of infection rate level and travel restrictions. Salutaris People believe that PCR testing has a vital role to play as the air corridors are opened up to travel. Now more than ever the need for PCR testing is crucial in airline travel as the definitive ‘gold standard’.

Expert Opinions

Consultant Virologist and Infectious Diseases Physician Dr Brendan Payne (Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle Upon Tyne), who advises Akea Life, the clinical services provider to Salutaris People, believes that Covid-19 testing will remain alongside the requirement to wear face masks for at least the next three years in any form of air travel.

“The NHS and Public Health England will need to maintain Covid testing capability indefinitely. Covid will not be eliminated by vaccinations and we need to find long-term solutions to live with it. An intensive programme of Covid testing is key as a major defence against new waves and new strains compromising our gains from vaccination. I don’t see this changing for at least the next year and probably longer. The most likely scenario for the next few years is a continued arms race between new variants of Covid and vaccination. Widespread Covid testing is absolutely crucial in winning that battle.”

Whilst we know that vaccines provide strong protection, they cannot completely remove the risk of infection and transmission. There is an even greater need to provide continual Covid testing even when infection rates are low to ensure infection control.


Dr Brendan Payne added:

“Currently, Covid vaccines are on average perhaps 80% effective and not everyone will agree to have one. There will always be a certain number of Covid infections in the public, despite widespread vaccination. In many ways, it becomes more important to test widely once Covid numbers become lower because you need to know as quicky as possible if you are starting to lose control of the situation again. This is critical in quickly identifying hot spots of infection cases rising.”

Ross Tomkins MD of Salutaris People said:

“The vaccination programme in the UK has been a huge success with around 50 Million first doses of the vaccination administered, 15 Million of those people having had both vaccinations.  To think for one minute that just because you have had both doses of a vaccination somehow makes you immune to catching Covid-19, or carrying the infection is completely wrong. There have not been any long-term scientific studies into the vaccinations to assess how long immunity lasts for, its effectiveness and if you can carry the virus and infect others at the same time.