Aviation Workers Should Be Priority For Covid-19 Vaccines: MoCA To Govt

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Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) wrote a letter to the health ministry saying that aviation workers should be a priority for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The letter was written by Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) India on January 20, 2021.

In the letter, Kharola told his counterpart in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan: “You will agree with me that the crew, engineers, technicians, ground staff, frontline workers in aviation have certain risk elements while performing their duties in a most diligent manner and make air transportation a safe mode of transport.”

Considering that the front line workers of airlines and airports are also involved in movement of vaccines, this MoCA recognizes the merit in the proposal and requests the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) to include front line workers of airlines and airports along with front line workers mentioned in the operational guidelines released on December 28, 2020,” he added.

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Recently, airlines and airports had reached out to MoCA highlighting the need to give priority to vaccinating their staff.

Furthermore, Kharola noted, if the request is considered favourably, MoCA would coordinate for enumeration of this personnel to be covered under the vaccination programme.

As pe the Health Ministry announcement on December 28 2020, around 30 crore Indians will be vaccinated initially, including around 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers, and approximately 27 crore 50+ aged people.


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