Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed to CNN Travel that all of its crew — including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants, and anyone whose job requires contact with the public — have been offered coronavirus vaccines free of charge by the Singapore government.
“We are grateful to the Singapore government for making the aviation sector a priority in the country’s vaccination exercise,” the airline’s CEO, Goh Chun Fung, said in a statement emailed to the entire company on January 18.
This reflects the importance of the sector and the critical role we play in Singapore’s economic recovery and the fight against the pandemic.
According to the airline, 5,200 SIA employees have already signed up for their footage. The vaccination will start in a few days.
Fung, along with Singapore’s Minister of Transport Ong Yei Kung, were among the first city-state citizens to receive the vaccination. He received his first shot, and stated that “the procedure was not painful and fuss-free”.
Once vaccinated, crew members will be subject to less scrutiny and fewer coronavirus-related security measures. For example, flight crew who are currently tested on the seventh day after returning to Singapore will be exempt from this test from now on.