As many as 1,500 frontline employees of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines are being vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 13 to 20.
VNA is the first carrier in the country to have both the flight crew and ground handling workers vaccinated against COVID-19 (Photo: VNA)
They comprise pilots, flight attendants, and ground staff, who have frequent contact with passengers.
The inoculation, using the AstraZeneca vaccine, is carried out at the vaccination centre of the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, with about 250 people to get the jabs each day.
VNA is the country’s first air carrier to arrange the vaccinations for both the flight crew and ground handling workers.
Earlier, nearly 800 employees of the VNA Group at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh Airport in central Nghe An province were inoculated.
The latest vaccination programme will raise the number of the inoculated personnel of the group, consisting of VNA, Pacific Airlines, and VASCO, to nearly 2,300.
The VNA Group is to keep working with relevant agencies to expand the vaccine coverage to all the staff, using its welfare fund.
Together with existing anti-COVID-19 measures, the carrier expects the vaccinations will help protect its staff, passengers, and the community from the disease and encourage air travel.
Nguyen Xuan Nghia – COMM