The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has rolled out guidelines pertaining to the inoculation of all aviation staff. While many personnel have already been infected and some have even lost their lives to it, the fact remains that there is an acute shortage of the vaccine.
Given the fact that aviation crew have also been risking their lives amidst the pandemic, just as frontline workers, their jabs should have been prioritised feel these personnel. After threatening a stir if not inoculated on priority, Air India crew finally got their management to draw up a vaccination schedule.
If the schedule is adhered to, the entire staff will be vaccinated by end of May.
Meanwhile, the vaccination drive for the 4,400-strong workforce of GoAir is already underway. While more than a 100 have already received the jab, the objective is to get most of the staff vaccinated by end of May 2021.
With the Government also waking up to the need for aviation staff — belonging to both public as well as private airlines— to get their jabs on priority, dedicated vaccination facilities will be set up at airports across the country.
The guidelines provide for air traffic controllers to be inoculated first, along with cockpit and cabin crew and the critical staff who face passengers.
According to the guidelines, operators should tie up with government or private hospitals without delay to set up camps at the airports, so that all aviation personnel can be covered as soon as possible.