The claim: Proof of vaccination will be required to attend Ticketmaster events
With the announcement that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have developed a 90% effective COVID-19 vaccine, misinformation surrounding vaccine requirements has resurfaced on social media.
While some insiders have questioned whether live events like sporting events and concerts willoccur before 2021 at the earliest, users have already taken to social media to make claims about what large events will be like post-pandemic.
“Ticketmaster to require negative COVID-19 test or vaccination to attend concerts,” reads a Nov. 12 Instagram post with the caption: “Another tactic to force vaccines on us.”
USA TODAY reached out to the user for comment.
The claims follow a story from Billboard magazine headlined, “How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive.”
A Billboard report, misunderstood
Billboard reported Nov. 11 that Ticketmaster was exploring the idea of creating an app with third-party health information companiesand vaccine distribution providers.
After purchasing a ticket, fans would prove that they had been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the virus prior to the event. The results would then be sent to a health company that would provide Ticketmaster with the information, according to Billboard.
The article notes that Ticketmaster would not store or have access to fans’ medical records and would only receive confirmation that a fan may attend an event.
While the Billboard story also emphasizes that the plan was only being considered, many people on social media perceived it to be 100% true, leading Ticketmaster to issue a clarification.
Ticketmaster clarifies after misunderstanding
A day after the Billboard story and false claims online, Ticketmaster put out a statement on Twitter.
“We know there’s been some incorrect information being reported around safety/entry requirements and want to ensure everyone has all the facts,” the tweet reads. “To clarify, there is absolutely no requirement from Ticketmaster mandating vaccines/testing.”
In a full statement on Ticketmaster’s site, the company writes that it is “trying to prepare for potential possibilities in the future,” adding that if this is something venues ask fans to do in the future, it wants to be prepared.
“Ticketmaster does not have the power to set policies around safety/entry requirements, which would include vaccines and/or testing protocols. That would always be up to the discretion of the event organizer, based on their preferences and local health guidelines,” the statement reads.
Our rating: False
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The claim that Ticketmaster is requiring fans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend liveevents is FALSE, based on our research. The plan is still being considered and the company said this would occur only if a local venue or event organizer wanted it in place. Ticketmaster also said it does not have the power to set policies around entry requirements.
Our fact-check sources:
- Billboard, Nov. 11, How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive
- Ticketmaster, Nov. 12, tweet
- Ticketmaster, Nov. 12, What are your COVID screening requirements?
- BBC, Nov. 12, No, Ticketmaster won’t force you to have a Covid vaccine
- PolitiFact, Nov. 13, Ticketmaster isn’t forcing you to get a COVID-19 vaccine
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