(20 Jan 2021) Emirates, in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention, has started vaccinating its substantial UAE-based workforce from the COVID19 virus.
The inoculation drive began earlier this month, with priority being given to frontline staff, including Cabin Crew, Flight Deck and other operationally focused roles.
The airline, along with dnata, are among the first transport and air services organisations in the world to offer employees the option to get vaccinated against the COVID19 virus.
The Emirates Group is making both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines, which have been approved by the UAE health authorities, accessible to its employees at various company locations across the UAE.
Inoculation appointments will run 12 hours per day, 7 days a week to ensure as many essential aviation workers as possible can get the vaccine.
Like all citizens and residents, Emirates Group employees in the UAE can also opt to get vaccinated at government designated medical centres and clinics.
According to the data compiled by Our World In Data, a research website based at Oxford University, the UAE is ranked second highest in the world for vaccination rates, with over 19.04 doses administrated for every 100 people, and close to 1.9 million vaccinations have been given to citizens and residents since their rollout in December 2020. The UAE is also on track to inoculate over 50% of its population by the end of March.