FULL SCALE VACCINATION OF AIR CREW AND AIRPORT WORKERS BEGINS TODAY
Vaccinations will protect workers and their families; help restore air travel sooner
Full scale vaccination of air crew and airport workers began today at the vaccination centre for aviation at Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4) under the Sea – Air Vaccination Exercise (SAVE). The T4 vaccination centre can vaccinate 2,000 persons each day, and over time will scale up to vaccinate even more. Some 7,000 workers in the aviation community are scheduled to be vaccinated this week.
2. As a show of solidarity with the aviation community, Minister for Transport, Mr Ong Ye Kung, joined the frontline aviation workers who were vaccinated today. These included staff from companies such as Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Jetstar Asia, SATS, dnata, Certis Cisco, Sergent Services and Changi Airport Group, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
3. Priority will be given to the 20,000 frontline workers who may come into contact with travellers from high risk countries, as well as their belongings. These include pilots, cabin crew, airport and aircraft cleaners, security screeners, passenger service agents, baggage handlers and cargo handlers.
4. The vaccination will be on top of the existing measures to protect the health of air crew and airport workers. These measures are amongst some of the most stringent around the world, and across other sectors in Singapore. They include mask-wearing and other personal protective equipment, safe distancing and frequent testing. Vaccination will ensure even better protection for workers and their families, as well as public health in Singapore.
5. In view of the better protection offered by vaccination, air crew and airport workers who have completed their full course of vaccination can undergo fewer testing requirements. 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. Air crew who are currently tested on the seventh day 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.
6. “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,” said Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General, CAAS.
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