Last Updated: April 30, 2021, 1403 hrs

Workers in the aviation sector should be considered for priority Covid Vaccination after health workers have been given the jabs, the civil aviation ministry has told the Union health ministry.

The list of frontline workers during the first phase of vaccination included personnel from the armed forces, prison staff, municipal workers, among others, but not aviation-sector employees.

“Workers involved in aviation services to be considered on priority during the next phase of vaccination, which starts on 1 May” Tuhin Kanta Pandey, secretary in the civil aviation ministry, writes in a letter to chief secretaries of states.

International airline lobby group International Air Transport Association (IATA) requested governments to ensure that employees in the aviation sector were considered essential workers during the impending Covid-19 vaccine campaign once workers of the health care industry and vulnerable groups had been protected.

“The aviation sector has been at the forefront of extending services to the movement of medical cargo like vaccines, medicines, medical equipment during the pandemic. It is understandable that crew, engineers, air traffic controllers, technicians, ground staff face significant risk. I would request you to consider the personnel involved in aviation services as a priority group, ” Pandey wrote.

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