Monday, May 10, 2021

Air India cancels two vaccine camps in Delhi airport citing shortage

Mumbai: Even before it could begin its vaccination camp, Air India on Monday wrote to its employees saying that a camp proposed to be held on Tuesday and Thursday within Air India premises at IGIA-Delhi airport has been cancelled.

The reason? Government couldn’t procure vaccines for the camp.

"The proposed Covid vaccination camp at GSD complex, IGIA (Delhi airport) on May 11 and May 13 stands cancelled because government authorities have expressed inability to hold these camps due to non-availability of vaccines,’’ said the note.

"Fresh dates will be notified once we get reconfirmation from government authorities,’’ said the note sent by Dr Raja Saikia, senior assistant general manager-medical, GSD, Delhi.

Air India did not comment on the matter.

Another issue is that a number of its pilots, engineers, ground staff have already taken one shot of Covid vaccine and Air India might not be able to provide the second shot.

"Many of us have taken the Covishield vaccine first dose. That was the only vaccine available in most vaccination centres in cities like Delhi, Mumbai. But the Air India mail sent recently to its employees speaks only about Covaxin shots. So those who already took the first shot of Covishield have again been left to fend for themselves,’’ said a senior pilot.

"Since the airline front line staff have not been put on priority list by any state or central government, getting the second shot from the city’s vaccination centres will be difficult,’’ the pilot added.

In the past one month, as the Covid second wave sent infectivity and fatality figures on a steep rise across the country, pilots’ groups raised their concerns with the government.

10/05/21 Manju V/Times of India

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