Singapore Airlines have ambitious plans to be the World’s first international airline to have all of its flight crew and ground workers vaccinated against Covid-19.
Plans are underway to inoculate 37,000 front-line aviation and maritime workers within the next two months and are seen as key in reviving Singapore as a key air hub for travel through the region.
Although authorities are confident that the virus is under control within Singapore it is clear that is not the case elsewhere and protecting the workforce is seen as key in reopening the sector.
Priority will be given to around 20,000 front-line workers which includes not just cabin crew but security staff, cleaners and baggage handlers. Up to 2,000 people a day can currently be vaccinated at Changi Airport Terminal 4. Maritime workers will be vaccinated at the Raffles Centre which can currently handle 1,000 people per day. It is hoped that capacity for the two centres will be able to increase to 8,000 per day in the near future.
Singapore is aiming to vaccinate all Singaporeans and long-term residents by the third quarter of 2021. A further 6 vaccination centres are due to open by the end of February.
By the end of February, a total of eight vaccination centres will be set up islandwide. They include the two already operational at T4 and Raffles City Convention Centre.
Singapore has so far recorded 59,127 cases of Covid-19 and 29 deaths.
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