Etihad Crew to be Vaccinated Before Flying - THISDAY
FEBRUARY 12, 2021
tihad Airways has claimed that it will be the worldâ€™s first airline with 100 per cent of its operating pilots and cabin crew vaccinated against COVID-19.
The airline began vaccinating its crews earlier few weeks ago along with its Dubai-based counterpart, Emirates.
â€œWe proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of COVID-19 but to make travellers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us,â€ said CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas.
â€œWe are the only airline in the world to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, weâ€™re the first airline in the world with 100 percent vaccinated crew on-board.â€
Douglas, who has already received the Sinopharm vaccination, urged all Etihad employees to get vaccinated early on.
VP Medical Services and CSR, Etihad Aviation Group, Dr. Nadia Bastaki said, â€œFollowing the national vaccination programme, we worked tirelessly to become an approved COVID-19 vaccination clinic to support our staff, and their dependants, be able to easily access the vaccine.
â€œSince December 2020, we have been offering in-house vaccination appointments to our employees and their loved ones to ensure we are focused on our employeeâ€™s wellbeing.â€
However, Emirates has widened the scope of its vaccination programme but has stopped short of making vaccinations compulsory for operating crew.