There is finally a light at the end of the very long Covid tunnel.

This week, the first vaccines in the world were given, here on UK soil. This is an incredible step for science and a huge step in the right direction for getting our lives back to normal.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the fastest vaccine to go from concept to reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same steps that normally take up to 10 years.

The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the jab – enough to vaccinate 20 million people.

But what does this mean for Hospitality?

As one of the sectors worst hit by closures, job losses, and restrictions, the Hospitality Industry is desperate for things to get back to normal.

Research suggests that 80-90% of the population needs to have immunity before Covid is no longer a threat. That is a vast amount of people. Due to the current vaccine needing to be kept at -70 degrees Celsius and transported in quantities of 1,000 doses, carrying out the vaccinations in some rural areas is going to prove incredibly difficult.

As well as this, some people simply do not want to be vaccinated, and it won’t be compulsory.

There have been talks of some travel companies, restaurants, hotels, and venues asking for proof of a person’s vaccination before allowing them entry. This has proved incredibly controversial but may be the only way that businesses can ensure the safety of their staff and customers and ultimately, allow them to keep their business open.

Is there another option?

Rapid testing could offer the hospitality and events industry the solution they need. The Answers People are offering the hospitality sector one of the fastest and most effective rapid tests.. This quick and easy test gives results in just 5-8 minutes, meaning that after a short wait, businesses can let consumers in through their doors, feeling confident that they have significantly reduced the risk to staff and guests.

The test involves a straight-forward nasal swab. Similar to a pregnancy test, the user will see a control line, and need to wait several minutes to see if a positive line also appears.

“The test detects proteins on the surface of the virus and identifies infection even before the body starts to produce antibodies. A highly effective tool at reducing risk, enabling those infected to quickly isolate. We remain focussed on bringing agile and effective solutions to our customers, offering affordable options to protect your team, your customers, and your business.” Gillian Hoffman, The Answers People.

With 98.5% effectiveness, this is a very promising option for businesses. It is straightforward to administer, and ideal for on-the-day testing. This would offer companies a way of ensuring safety for events and sports matches, for example, as well as hospitality venues and hotels. The Answers People do recommend that the test is administered by suitably trained staff, but say it is possible and easy to self-administer.

We are definitely moving in a far more positive direction and I think we are safe to start hoping for a much brighter summer, full of events and celebrations.

For more information on The Answers People and their Rapid Testing solutions, head to their website: Covid-19 Testing Solutions – The Answers People