Ryanair’s ‘Jab and Go’ TV Ad: Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Required or a Flying Petri Dish?

Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline, recently launched a controversial TV ad campaign in the UK with the tagline ‘Jab and Go’. The ad, which encourages people to book flights following their COVID-19 vaccination, has sparked a debate. Many are questioning whether Ryanair will require proof of vaccination for travel, or if the ad is simply a marketing ploy that could potentially turn flights into ‘flying Petri dishes’ of COVID-19. Let’s delve into the details.

Understanding the ‘Jab and Go’ Campaign

The ‘Jab and Go’ campaign was launched in late December 2020, at a time when the UK was beginning to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program. The ad suggests that once people receive their vaccine, they can start thinking about going on holiday again. However, it does not explicitly state that proof of vaccination will be required for travel.

Will Ryanair Require Proof of Vaccination?

As of now, Ryanair has not made any official statement regarding the requirement of proof of vaccination for travel. The airline’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, has previously stated that he does not believe vaccination should be mandatory for air travel. However, he also noted that it would be “led by government restrictions”. Therefore, if governments start requiring proof of vaccination for international travel, it is likely that Ryanair will follow suit.

The ‘Flying Petri Dish’ Concern

Many critics of the ‘Jab and Go’ campaign have raised concerns about the potential health risks. They argue that encouraging people to travel immediately after getting vaccinated could turn flights into ‘flying Petri dishes’ of COVID-19. This is because the vaccine does not provide immediate immunity, and vaccinated individuals may still be able to transmit the virus.

Ryanair’s Response to Criticism

In response to the backlash, Ryanair has defended its campaign, stating that it is a “cheerful and optimistic message” during a difficult time. The airline also pointed out that the ad encourages people to book summer holidays, by which time a significant portion of the population is expected to be vaccinated.


While the ‘Jab and Go’ campaign has certainly stirred up controversy, it remains to be seen how Ryanair will handle the issue of vaccination proof for travel. For now, it seems that the airline is banking on the hope that the vaccine rollout will allow for a return to normalcy in the travel industry. However, passengers should remain cautious and follow all recommended health guidelines when considering travel during the pandemic.