Ethiopian Airlines starts vaccinating staff against COVID-19
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian Airlines Group began vaccinating on 14 May its employees against COVID-19 as it continues its mission of transporting passengers and essential cargo, primarily vaccines, across the African continent and beyond.
Ethiopian has so far transported more than 27 million COVID-19 vaccines to over 24 countries.
The vaccination drive was done with the help of the Ethiopian Medical Center which is equipped with the latest facilities to give the service in its temporary vaccination center at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy.
Frontline employees with direct contact with customers and partners are prioritized priority. All employees will get the second dose of the vaccine four weeks after they take their first dose.
“I am happy to announce that we have imported COVID-19 vaccination for our Group employees. Safety is always our top priority and vaccination of our employees will enhance the safety of our colleagues and customers onboard and on the ground. Vaccination of employees will increase passengers’ confidence to fly with us,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
“We will continue to implement all mandated safety measures and the vaccination will supplement those preventive measures. This is a big milestone in our fight against the pandemic and we hope to welcome our passengers with fully vaccinated employees in flight and on ground,” he added.
Ethiopian has set-up its own COVID-19 testing and isolation center for staff to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure employees’ wellbeing and safety. It also launched a high-end COVID-19 testing lab at its main hub, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.