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Singapore to start vaccinations for aviation industry workers

Aviation Updates Philippines – Singapore-based airline crews and staff at Changi Airport could be part of the first effort of a country to vaccinate its own aviation workers for COVID-19.

 Image: Changi Airport (Credit: VisitSingapore.com) 

According to a release from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore will be mounting full-scale vaccination of airline crew and workers as part of its Sea-Air Vaccination Exercise (SAVE).

Priority will be given to 20,000 frontline workers who may come in contact with travelers from high risk travelers and their belongings including pilots, cabin crew, and passenger agents.

Vaccinations will take place at Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4), with 7,000 aviation workers scheduled to receive their vaccination this week.

Among the companies whose staff will participate in the vaccination drive include those from the Singapore-based carriers Singapore Airlines, Scoot, and Jetstar Asia. Other aviation-related companies include SATS, dnata, Certis Cisco, and the Changi Airport Group. Staff from the CAAS will also be vaccinated.

With the vaccinations starting, the CAAS will scale back testing of airline crew and workers. Those who are on the 7-day Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) will only need to be tested every 14-days. Those who are on the 14-day RRT will only need to be tested on a monthly basis. Airline crews who are tested 7 days after their return to Singapore will be exempted from their test. Those who are tested on arrival in Singapore, and on the third and seventh day, will only need to be tested on arrival, and on the seventh day of their return to Singapore.

In a statement, CAAS Director General Kevin Shun stated: “Vaccination is a priority for us. We have sufficient doses to vaccinate all 20,000 frontline air crew and airport workers. Vaccination is safe. More than 1,000 aviation workers have already received their first dose. We strongly encourage air crew and airport workers to come forward for vaccination.

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