American Airlines has told its pilots to take the COVID-19 vaccine on their days off because the company doesn’t require employees to be inoculated against the virus.
The details regarding COVID-19 vaccinations were included in a company memo that was obtained by Reuters.
‘Your decision to take the vaccines is a personal decision and is currently not required by the company,’ American’s managing director of line operations, Chip Long, and managing director of flight operations, John Dudley, said in the joint memo.
‘As such, if you elect to take the vaccine you should schedule it on your days off and so that it does not impact your ability to be in place and operate your scheduled flying given the 48-hour requirement.’
American Airlines says its pilots should take the COVID-19 vaccine on their own time because they company doesn’t require them to have it
The Federal Aviation Administration has said pilots and controllers must not fly or conduct safety-related duties for 48 hours after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Asked about the memo, American Airlines said it is working on plans to provide the vaccine to pilots and other employees as it becomes available in different states.
The airline said it has no plans to require the vaccinations unless they are mandated by certain countries for entry.
The COVID-19 vaccine is considered by health officials to be the key to safely reopening large parts of the US economy.
Air travel has been particularly hit hard by the pandemic.
So far, 10.8 million vaccine doses have been given out across the country. The airline said it has no plans to require the vaccinations unless they are mandated by certain countries for entry
Strict rules putting health-care workers first in line has slowed the rollout in the United States but states are now being urged to vaccinate anyone over 65 as well.
So far, 10.8 million vaccine doses have been given out across the country.
A company director told Reuters that the airline plans to offer vaccines to its employees at medical clinics at its hub airports once they are available, with inoculation for Chicago-based employees possible as soon as next month.
‘There are a lot of efforts underway to try to secure the vaccine as soon as we can,’ said Jennifer Saddy, managing director of absence management, who is part of the team leading American’s vaccine efforts.
The company is still working out details but will likely offer the vaccine to employees by appointment or on a walk-in basis.