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Etihad Airways Is The First Airline To Vaccinate Entire Cabin Crew
Etihad Airways has become the first airline to vaccinate all of its operating cabin crew and pilots. The airline has reported that 75% of its entire workforce has received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and the number is rapidly growing.
“We proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of COVID-19 but to make travelers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us,” said Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas.
“We are the only airline in the world to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, we’re the first airline in the world with 100% vaccinated crew on board.”
The airline began vaccinating its employees in December, and Etihad Airways Medical Center became an approved COVID-19 vaccination site to make it easier to quickly administer the vaccines to employees and their families.
Surprisingly, the vaccine was not mandatory for Etihad employees, however they were notified that those who refused to be vaccinated would be unable to receive health insurance or paid sick leave in the event that they contracted COVID-19.
Douglas received the vaccine himself, hoping to lead by example. “I chose very early on to be vaccinated to demonstrate my own support of the national vaccination program and to encourage everyone at Etihad who was eligible for the vaccine, to receive it as soon as possible,” he said.
Other steps taken by the airline included setting up mobile vaccination clinics and hosting virtual meetings with healthcare providers to allow their staff members to ask questions and receive information on the vaccine. The vaccine Etihad is utilizing, the Sinopharm vaccine, has been 79% effective in clinical trials.