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The Ministry of Aviation urges the Ministry of Health to prioritize vaccination with Covid-19 of airlines and airport employees | India News

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to consider aviation employees as front-line workers against coronavirus and prioritize their Covid-19 vaccination.
The letter addressed to the Ministry of Health said: “Considering that frontline airline and airport workers are also involved in the movement of vaccines, this Ministry recognizes the merit of the proposal and requests the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to include workers From first line”. of airlines and airports together with frontline workers mentioned in the operational guidelines published on December 28, 2020. ”
“If the request is considered favorably, the Ministry would coordinate the registration of these personnel to be covered by the vaccination program,” he added.
The letter from the Ministry of Civil Aviation added: “I am pleased to report that airlines and airports have been at the forefront in extending their services to passengers and the movement of cargo within the count and across borders. The vital role performed by Air India and other national airlines for the resumption of flights and to facilitate the movement of stranded Indians. ”
“You will agree with me that the Crew, Engineers, Technicians, Ground Personnel, Frontline Workers in aviation have certain elements of risk in the performance of their functions in the most diligent way and make air transport a mode of safe transportation, “the ministry stated in its letter.
Recently, airlines and airports have approached the Ministry of Civil Aviation and have highlighted the need to vaccinate their personnel as a priority, although once the medical personnel are inoculated.
The national Covid-19 vaccination campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, 2021. Considered the largest vaccination program in the world, covering the entire country far and wide, the campaign aims to vaccinate millions of working people first and reach an estimated 3 million people by the end of its first phase.

Times of India