Published on : Friday, January 22, 2021
Singapore’s national carrier expects to evolve as the world’s first airline ensures that all of its crew members are vaccinated against Covid-19. The crew members include pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public — have been offered free coronavirus vaccines by the Singaporean government.
The country has purchased the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two shots to get protection against the virus. The airline’s CEO, Goh Choon Phong, recently mentioned in a statement that the company is happy to experience government’s support and also happy for giving vaccine to all aviation crew members on priority basis. He further added that this clearly show how far the brand is important in the business environment and how Singapore could fight economic recovery after pandemic through government’s support and new regulations.
According to the airline, 5,200 SIA employees have already signed up to get their shots. Inoculations will begin in a few days. Phong, alongside Singapore’s transport minister Ong Ye Kung, was among the city-state’s first citizens to get vaccinated. He has received the first of his two shots, and shared experience stating it was painless one.
Once vaccinated, crew members will be subject to less scrutiny and fewer coronavirus-related security measures. For example, flight crew who are currently tested on the seventh day after their return to Singapore will be exempt from this test going forward.