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ONE JAB FOR THEM...

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The super-rich are skipping the queue and jetting abroad for their Covid jab. So are we heading for a vaccine apartheid? Kate Wills reports

You get on a plane (remember those?) and fly to Dubai. You’re met at the airport by a chauffeur who drives you to your luxury villa. While you’re lying in a cabana by a swimming pool, a nurse in a pristine white uniform walks over to tap you on the arm. It’s time for your first treatment. But this isn’t a high-end spa or a luxury detox centre. This is a vaccine vacation.

While most of us are still patiently waiting for a letter from our GP to get the Oxford, the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine, some of London’s super-rich are skipping the queue by skipping the country. They’re travelling to places such as Dubai, where a month-long ‘vaccine holiday’ including first-class flights, accommodation and two doses of inoculation starts at £40,000.

It used to be that you needed to get vaccinations before you jetted off for your long-haul break. Now, a small number of elite travellers are combining a sun-soaked holiday with a shot or two.

“I think everyone can agree that jetting off and skipping the queue for a vaccine for Covid-19 is grossly unfair”

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“One guy, an agent for an
Oscar-winning actor, jumped on
a private jet to Hawaii because
he discovered a vaccination
opening there”

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Former Time Warner boss Richard Parsons admitted to jumping on a jet to get a vaccine in Florida

“Getting the vaccine is the hottest thing you could be doing on a dating app right now”

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