Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pilots And Airline Crew ‘Medically Unfit For Flying’ For 48 Hours After Vaccination: DGCA

The government has issued a medical circular stating that pilots and airline crew would be temporarily deemed “unfit” for flying immediately after being vaccinated for Covid-19. The detailed guidelines on “temporary unfitness for flying” following Covid-19 vaccination have been issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Under this, the airline’s crew will be ‘medically unfit for flying’ for 48 hours after the vaccination. If there are no symptoms after 48 hours, the aircrew would be fit to resume ‘unrestricted’ flying duties.

Aircrew will be monitored for 30 minutes at the vaccination centre for any anaphylactic or idiosyncratic reaction, as is the norm. The DGCA has spelled out the need to closely monitor the pilot after vaccination. If pilots experience any symptoms, they’ll have to be medically reviewed by the company doctor and will be able to resume duties only after being completely asymptomatic and without any medicines. A ‘medically cured’ certificate will have to be obtained, the DGCA said.

The DGCA circular states that if pilots continue to experience any symptoms beyond 14 days post Covid-19 vaccination, a ‘special medical examination’ will be required to ascertain fitness for flying.

Airlines we spoke to have confirmed that have received these medical guidelines issued by the DGCA. The domestic airlines companies are planning the vaccination process for their crews soon. They have also written to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, urging them to prioritise aviation crew for vaccination, considering they’ve been on the frontline during the pandemic.

09/03/21 Zeba Warsi/CNN-News18/News18

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