The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call to prioritize aviation industry employees within the scope of vaccination activities.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call to prioritize aviation industry employees within the scope of vaccination activities.

Stating that they do not expect the personnel in question to be at the top of the vaccination list, the organization emphasized that priority should be given to healthcare personnel and people in the risk group. The following statements were made in the re-call to governments by IATA:

“We are not demanding aviation industry workers to be at the top of the vaccination list. However, when country-based vaccination plans are prepared, we expect these personnel to be included in the critical employee group. As it is known, the delivery process of Kovid-19 vaccines has begun and we calculate that approximately 8 thousand 747 cargo aircraft will need to be flights in order to distribute these vaccines on a global scale. For this reason, our need for qualified personnel for a healthy logistics chain will always be at the highest level. ”

The statement made by IATA actually coincides with the Kovid-19 vaccination system road map drawn by the World Health Organization. In the study carried out by the Strategic Advisory Experts for Vaccination Group (SAGE) affiliated to the institution, priority population is determined according to epidemiological situation and vaccine stock scenarios. Apart from health and education sector employees, the second priority group, for example, law enforcement officials, includes transport sector employees.

According to IATA, the aviation industry and its employees play a vital role in delivering drugs, test kits or vaccines to the regions of need on time.

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