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I believe — as a Host & a Guest — that this filter should be added:
“Host has been Vaccinated against Covid-19”
As a Host, I get lots of Inquiries that would be InstaBookings if they knew we were vaccinated.
As a Guest, I want that increased level of safety!
We have the regulation government QR code check or sign in for contact purposes but it can't be policed.
Most of our guests assure us they have been double vaccinated like us, some with boosters. However, we have a regular anti-vaccine guest, a health professional but it is her problem if she gets the virus, not Airbnb's, us or anyone else. We limit contact with her and follow the Airbnb cleaning and sanitising except for masks and pp covering which is not required here with no local cases. She runs a small business while here and if her clients are infected then that is also her problem.
It would be a nightmare to keep a vaccination register of all guests, visitors and tradesmen if needed so unless Airbnb wants to do this we don't.
I have temporally snoozed my airbnb listing as not sure what to do about the unvaccinated and vaccinated booking requests. It appears airbnb don't have any position on this currently even though there are a number of comments in the discussion to have a form of tick box or even they need to show, maybe upload their vaccine passport/evidence like their photo ID to verify they have had a recent vaccine depending on their countries verification process. There is no way my current cleaning would have scope top deep clean after each booking and that would not be financially viable. I am considering asking each guest to provide evidence of their vaccination prior to agreeing to allow booking. What also is frustrating is that when groups book the only information you have is the persons who has booked not the other guests. I have set up QR code check in at my property however but because no one is there to enforce this who knows anymore.
Any answer airbnb?
I dont want to host unvaccinated guests, but proving the guest is vaccinated would be diffircult". I think there should be a tick box for both Guest and host confirming whether their vaccinated or not.. They need to be able to supply proof.
just a reminder... we are talking about Airbnb, where anyone can register with his phone number and email and other members of his group don't have to register at all.
So.... forget it 🙂
And btw if someone is vaccinated it doesn't mean he is not infected, or he cannot infect others or cannot get sick. So we treat them the same as anyone else.
A vaccinated person who gets infected will have a much lower viral load than someone who is unvaccinated. No vaccine is perfect. That should not be used as an excuse for irrational behavior.
Maybe this is off-topic but I think any host who has an "unvaccinated only" rule should be removed from the airbnb family immediately and permanently. I've seen one news article in which a woman booked a room and only then noticed the "no vaccinated people allowed" rule and the host refused to return her rent. That guy should be kicked out of airbnb now.
Regarding the actual topic I don't mind a vaccine filter for both hosts and guests. It could be one of (1)vaccinated, (2)not vaccinated, or (3)not saying. Proof could be handled by airbnb or it could be an honor system or it could start as an honor system and then morph into official policy.
If a host has a rule stating non vaccinated guests only, I would love for that to be in bold type at the first part of the listing, to avoid any misunderstandings and bookings in error of the host policy.
I do like your suggested 2nd paragraph with the 3 options. Sensible.
It is still unknown how long this vaccine is effective, is it 3 months? 6 months? A year...? Does it protect against all mutations? The host may be vaccinated but what about his cleaners?
Too many questions...
We and our cleaner and maintenance person all got our first 2 vaccinations together. We were so thrilled to be able to do this, we celebrated!
True, y’all don’t have the problem (and potential guests are less likely to ask).
I run a traditional Bed & Breakfast!
Anyone looking for a ‘Private Room’ — or even just wanting interaction— may want to know.
...perhaps an amenity...
@Dassi0 A "host is vaccinated" filter would be misleading if people other than the host (e.g. other guests, cleaners, visitors) might also be present in the property during the stay.
Even if it were just an amenity tickbox, it would automatically imply that all hosts who haven't ticked the box are unvaccinated - which presents a dilemma for hosts who value their medical privacy.
Why would that be a dilemma? When I fly out of the country, I have to show my passport as well as my shot record in many parts of the world. When I rent a car, I have to produce a driver's license. Hotel elevators have to display inspection certificates. I assume most Hosts have Facebook links, not to mention the data given to Airbnb to be displayed to the world.
I would like a Guest Vaccinated tic box as well. Then, covid deep-cleaning would not be necessary and I could affordably rent my guest house to short term rentals, which is not feasible at this point in time.
Deep cleaning is important without Covid, imho. I agree a guest vaccinated tick box plus a host vaccinated tick box would be quite useful. Covid is not going away any time soon, and there is merit in all of us being realistic and practical about it. It is also good for the economy and everyone's emotional well being as well as health and safety
Airbnb does not provide Facebook links for any of its user accounts. It only displays Facebook in the list of its confirmed verifications.
Airbnb's current "cleaning pledge," which you must have signed onto if you're currently accepting bookings, does not indicate any exceptions for vaccinated guests. So until that policy is amended, a host would be in breach of policy if they chose not to do the deep-cleaning based on what they believe their guests' vaccination status to be.
You happen to be in a state that has banned businesses from verifying the vaccination status of individuals, which is just one of many examples of why even if Airbnb had this so-called tickbox, it has too many legal obstacles preventing it from backing up a user's self-reporting with actual verification. So all this little tickbox would mean is that somebody clicked a button - nothing more. How is that useful as information to a host or guest?
@Dassi0 And if a guest books one of your rooms, are you able to guarantee that you are the only person who will be in the house during the stay? No other guests, no maintenance workers, no visitors?