SUPERHOG develops vaccination passport

UK: Digital trust platform SUPERHOG has developed a digital vaccination passport for the short-term rental sector, ready for deployment should the government decide that such a step is necessary in advance of this summer’s anticipated staycation boom.

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that vaccination passports are likely to be needed to visit a pub, it is highly likely they will also be needed to go away for a summer holiday.

In response, SUPERHOG has decided to get ahead of the problem and have an “oven-ready” solution available if, or more likely when, they are made mandatory.

Guests and hosts who have had either one or two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, or who have had a recent negative test result, will be able to upload their and their fellow guests’ details in the SUPERHOG app.

The vaccine passport question is already fraught with moral, ethical and legal issues.

For a majority of countries, the vaccine will not be compulsory, and the pace of the rollout means many will still have to wait months for their doses. Many might not be able to take the vaccine at all for medical reasons, while others may object because of beliefs that are incompatible with vaccination.

Only allowing certain freedoms and privileges to those who have had the shot could be seen as discriminatory by some people, especially to Gen Z and millennials who have not yet been offered the jab.

SUPERHOG CEO Humphrey Bowles said: “This step is part of a move to help ensure the short-term rental community recovers as quickly as possible and nothing gets in the way. We’ve developed the tech to support the industry just in case covid passports are made mandatory.

“We can deliver the solution today and are ready if needed. The travel sector doesn’t have the luxury of time and given 2021 is the summer of the staycation, we need to be ready for anything, including potential passports,” he added.

SUPERHOG aims to enable hosts, operators and guests to confidently transact in the short-term rental space. It uses technology, data and insurance to create trust between strangers and de-risk their interactions.