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- Ticketmaster has been working on a way for event organizers to confirm that people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease before a concert, but the company itself is not requiring attendees to get vaccinated.
The coronavirus has caused the cancellation of myriad concerts across the world and Ticketmaster has started preparing for future events.
Online, some people are warning that the company will require a COVID-19 vaccine.
"Ticketmaster is planning mandatory COVID vaccine identification for concert attendance," one Instagram post said. "We told you it was coming and now it’s here. Young healthy people DO NOT need a vaccine for a virus with a 99% recovery rate and Ticketmaster is not your physician."
Ticketmaster said the claim is not true.
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On Nov. 11, Billboard published what it described as an exclusive story with the headline "How Ticketmaster plans to check your vaccine status for concerts."
Ticketmaster, Billboard reported, has been working "on a framework for post-pandemic fan safety that uses smart phones to verify fans’ vaccination status or whether they’ve tested negative for the coronavirus within a 24 to 27 hour window."
The plans are still in development, the story said, but the piece lays out how it could work.
"After purchasing a ticket for a concert, fans would need to verify that they have already been vaccinated (which would provide approximately one year of COVID-19 protection) or test negative for coronavirus approximately 24 to 72 hours prior to the concert," according to the story, which inspired a wave of social media posts about mandatory vaccinations.
The following day, Ticketmaster tweeted a clarification.
"We know there’s been some incorrect information being reported around safety/entry requirements and want to ensure everyone has all the facts," the company said. "There is absolutely no requirement from Ticketmaster mandating vaccines/testing."
Ticketmaster linked to a section on its website detailing COVID screening requirements, where it said it’s "not forcing anyone to do anything. Just exploring the ability to enhance our existing digital ticket capabilities to offer solutions for event organizers that could include testing and vaccine information with 3rd party health providers."
Ticketmaster, which sells tickets for some event organizers, doesn’t have the power to make policies concerning COVID-19 safety requirements, the company said. Any such requirements "always would be up to the discretion of the event organizer, based on their preference and local health guidelines."
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Instagram post, Nov. 12, 2020
Billboard, How Ticketmaster plans to check your vaccine status for concerts: Exclusive, Nov. 11, 2020
Ticketmaster tweet, Nov. 12, 2020
Ticketmaster, What are your COVID screening requirements? visited Nov. 13, 2020
BBC News, No, Ticketmaster won’t force you to have a Covid vaccine, Nov. 12, 2020
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