Gary Leff on February 10, 2021.
Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, announced today that it has become the first airline in the world to vaccinate its entire staff, including all pilots and cabin crew.
“We have taken the initiative to make the vaccine available to all our employees, not only to mitigate the effects of Covid 19, but also to help travelers feel safe and reassured the next time they fly with us,” he said.
“We are the only airline in the world that has made Covid-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight, and we are now the first airline in the world to have a 100% vaccinated crew on board,” he added.
Etihad did this by not making vaccination mandatory. They provided quick access and told workers that workers who were not vaccinated would not be entitled to sick pay if they contracted the virus. In addition to the workers who dealt with customers, 75% of other workers also received the vaccine.
It should be noted, however, that the indication for vaccination implies that workers have generally taken at least one of two doses of Sinopharm’s inactivated virus vaccine. The two-dose treatment was found to be 79% effective.
Singapore Airlines and Emirates are both in the process of inoculating the entire workforce. And are probably close to completion.
United Airlines says it wants to make vaccinations mandatory for its employees, but this will take time because most employees are not yet considered eligible. Delta is setting up its own immunization clinics, the first of which will be in Atlanta for those who qualify under Georgia state rules. The U.S. says it approves of the vaccinations, that it has no intention of making them mandatory, but that it may be forced to do so for competitive reasons.
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