Earlier this week, it became known that Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE had reportedly discovered a vaccine to combat it COVID-19 This is over 90% effective. The organizers are confident that the shows will return in 2021. But they don’t take any chances either.
Ticketmaster (and its parent company Live Nation), one of the largest ticketing platforms in the country, is working on methods to confirm vaccinations or negative test results before people are included on their shows. Here’s how it would work, according to the Billboard:
After buying a ticket to a concert, fans would need to check to see if they had already been vaccinated (which would provide about a year of COVID-19 protection) or if they had a negative coronavirus test around 24 to 72 hours before the concert. The length of coverage a test would provide would be regulated by regional health authorities. If the attendees at a Friday evening concert had to be tested 48 hours in advance, most could begin the testing process the day before the event. If it’s a 24-hour window, most people will likely be tested in a laboratory or health clinic on the same day of the event.
Once the test was complete, the fan directed the lab to deliver the results to its health pass company such as CLEAR or IBM. If the tests were negative or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company verified the attendee’s COVID-19 status with Ticketmaster, who then issued the fan with the credentials required to access the event. If a fan tested positive or did not take a test to verify their status, they were not granted access to the event. There are still a lot of details to clear up, but the goal of the program is for fans to take care of vaccines and tests before the concert and not show up in the hope of being tested on the spot.
If everyone at a venue has confirmed that they tested negative or received a vaccination, the chance of transmission would, in theory, be much lower and would even allow for the possibility of maskless events. Ultimately, however, this will likely be left to local governments and venues.