Airbnb host rejects guests over 'experimental' Covid vaccine

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A Victorian Airbnb host has had their account suspended because they would not allow a couple to stay at their home after learning they had received a Covid-19 vaccination.

Steve Carey told The Guardian he tried to book the accommodation with an Airbnb “super host” when the host asked if Mr Carey had been vaccinated.

Mr Carey told the publication he and his partner had received their first jabs.

But the host refused to let Mr Carey book because they are “not accepting any vaccinated people due to reports of adverse reactions”.

In this photo illustration, the Airbnb app seen displayed on a smartphone screen.
An Airbnb host has had their account cancelled because they didn't want someone who was vaccinated to stay in their home. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

“I'm afraid it's way too experimental at this stage and I need to protect my other guests,” the host said, according to Sky News.

“I'm so sorry for any inconvenience."

Mr Carey reported the host to Airbnb. 

Airbnb’s head of public policy for Australia Derek Nolan told Yahoo News Australia the host's account has been suspended.

“We have suspended the listing in question for violating our Covid-19 Content Policy," he said. 

"It’s important that everyone closely follows official health guidance from local authorities as we all continue to do our part to combat Covid-19.”

“It’s important that everyone closely follows official health guidance from local authorities as we all continue to do our part to combat Covid-19,” Mr Nolan said.

Mr Carey had booked the accommodation before Victoria went into lockdown.

Victoria reported 26 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Thursday. It was revealed later the same day that a Victorian woman, 48, and a Tasmanian man, 44, had died from its extremely rare blood clotting condition linked to AstraZeneca. 

Of the new cases, 24 had been in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period.

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