Airlines’ Cabin Crew To Help Vaccinate Britain

January 18th, 2021
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Airlines’ Cabin Crew To Help Vaccinate Britain

The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating effect on travel globally, and British airlines now have a surplus of staff. Normally, this may be a negative thing for an organization to have more workers than work available, but Virgin Atlantic and easyJet have decided to put their staff to assist in the vaccination effort in the United Kingdom.

The aviation industry is one of the industries still being affected by the coronavirus pandemic until its spread is controlled. So far, governments have used lockdowns and travel bans as control tools. While these regulations do not improve the travel scene, there is optimism that the industry will start to recover, following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Airlines look to see an improvement in their businesses, so the earlier the vaccines are rolled out, the sooner they can achieve that. To see that the process is sped up, Crew members of major British airlines will be assisting the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the UK.

Virgin Atlantic became the first airline to show support when it announced that its crew would play active roles in assisting the effort. The airline revealed this on January 12, 2021. Some of the roles that the crew members will be involved in are the administration of vaccines, patient welfare, and the logistics system. Crews must now undergo medical training.

UK low-cost carrier, easyJet also announced on January 13 that they will be aiding the NHS to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations in the UK. Their crew members will apply to undergo training to administer vaccines. The airline expects high numbers of its staff to be willing to take part in the opportunity.

Sharing thoughts on the opportunity, Katy Bryant, an easyJet crew member said,

“As a cabin crew, we are in a great position to support the vaccination effort because of the first aid and safety-focused training we receive for our job, so I am sure I will be joined by many of my fellow cabin crew at easyJet who will want to support the NHS in the vital roll-out of the vaccine across the country.”