Saga Holidays UK has delivered a clear message to anybody looking to get away to the sunshine this year.
Following on from the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Saga is now insisting if you want to travel with them you must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before you go.
Saga caters for the over 50s and proves very popular amongst the much older generation with many long-retired couples and singletons opting for cruises in their twilight years.
However, if a potential customer is exempt from receiving the vaccine, they may still travel by confirming the exemption at the time of booking and again at the time of travel.
Saga insists that if you don’t have a valid exemption then you cannot travel and as most of their customers fall into the ‘at risk’ age bracket, then their safety and wellbeing are their priority. However, does any company have the right to demand that people have a medical procedure of any kind in order to travel? It seems abusive and coercive, and, in my opinion, this goes against basic human rights. It has been well documented that the Covid-19 vaccine does not prevent infection or transmission so naturally many will question its purpose.
As it is an ‘experimental’ injection we might well ask ourselves do Saga have the right to insist that the elderly and most vulnerable in our society have a vaccination in order to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures? It has been discussed openly on mainstream media that if someone has a compromised immune system or allergies of any kind then vaccinations are best avoided.
I hope Saga does not live to regret this decision as many will see this ruling as clear discrimination against a large proportion of the population. Some say what happened to freedom of choice? While Saga may think they are protecting the most vulnerable in society, they could have contributed to their demise if they start to see a dwindling customer base.