American Airlines tells pilots: take the vaccine at your own pace

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(Reuters) – American Airlines is telling its pilots to take the COVID-19 vaccine on their days off if they choose to be vaccinated against the virus, which the company does not currently need, according to a note reviewed by Reuters.

“Your decision to take the vaccines is a personal one and is not currently required by the company,” said American general manager of online operations, Chip Long, and general manager of flight operations, John Dudley, in the common note.

“As such, if you choose to take the vaccine, you should schedule it on your days off and so that it does not affect your ability to be in place and operate your planned flight given the requirement to. 48 hours, ”they said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has said pilots and controllers should not fly or perform safety-related duties for 48 hours after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

When asked about the memo, American Airlines said it was working on plans to provide the vaccine to pilots and other employees as it became available in different states, but did not anticipate not require it unless certain countries require them to enter.

“As we work to develop a program to connect our team to the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage team members to get vaccinated as soon as the opportunity arises for them to do so,” the door said. lyrics by Stacy Day.

Inoculation against disease caused by the coronavirus is seen as essential to safely reopening much of the U.S. economy.

Air travel has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and strict rules putting healthcare workers first have slowed the deployment in the United States. States are now urged to also vaccinate anyone over 65.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; edited by Jonathan Oatis

Original © Thomson Reuters

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