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Ticketmaster may require proof of virus test, vaccine for future concerts
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Ticketmaster may require proof of virus test, vaccine for future concerts

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A coronavirus vaccination could be just the ticket.

Ticketmaster said Wednesday that it is exploring possibly linking digital tickets with fans' recent COVID-19 test results or vaccination statuses.

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FILE - In this May 11, 2009 file photo, Ticketmaster tickets and gift cards are shown at a box office in San Jose, Calif. Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts. Legislation passed by the House on Dec. 7, 2016, would crack down on computer software used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets. The so-called "bots" rapidly purchase as many tickets as possible for resale at significant markups, and are one of the reasons why tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert or "Hamilton" performance can sell out in just a few minutes. "Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller testified at a Senate hearing in September. He said the bots invade the Ticketmaster system the moment tickets go on sale and electronically purchase almost all the available inventory _ one of the reasons tickets to the hit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton have sold for $1,000 or more. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

“We imagine there will be many third-party health care providers handling vetting — whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval — which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” Mark Yovich, the president of Ticketmaster, said in a statement.

Yovich said the company is working to create flexibility for fans and entertainment venues on the road back to in-person events.

Hopes around the arrival of a vaccine in the near future were raised this week when the drugmaker Pfizer said early trial data indicated that its shot is highly effective.

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