Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Emirates Group has started a COVID-19 vaccination programme today for their workforce based in the UAE, in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
Emirates, in a statement has revealed that they would prioritize immunization of their frontline aviation workforce, including Cabin Crew, Flight Deck and staff in other operationally focused roles.
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines, which have been approved by the UAE health authorities, are now availalbe to Emirates employees at various company locations across the UAE.
Emirates airline, Dubai National Air Travel Agency (dnata) and other subsidiaries within Emirates Group, are among the first transport and air services organizations in the world to offer employees the option to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
“Over the course of the pandemic, Emirates and dnata have implemented multiple layers of safety measures, to ensure the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities served,” the company said in a statement.
The rollout of its vaccination programme is another step forward, helping to safeguard the health and well-being of aviation employees who serve the travelling public and help move essential goods around the world.The Emirates Group
The aviation giant noted that inoculation appointments will run 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, which will ensure as many essential aviation workers as possible can get the vaccine.
Emirates statement also included Covid-19 vaccination statistics, which stated that according to the data compiled by Our World In Data, a research website based at Oxford University, the UAE is ranked second highest in the world for vaccination rates, with over 19.04 doses administrated for every 100 people, and close to 1.9 million vaccinations have been given to citizens and residents since their rollout in December 2020. The UAE is also on track to inoculate over 50% of its population by the end of March.
Maldivian vaccination efforts are far behind in comparison, with the first doses to arrive next week, and frontline workers requiring to register for the vaccine starting today.
The flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirates Airline, has increased their operations to Maldives numerous times for the ongoing holiday season to meet higher passenger demand and now operates four daily until January 31, 2021.
Statistics by the Ministry of Tourism have revealed that a large number of tourists coming to Maldives after borders reopened have travelled on Emirates, with the airline being a major contributor to the surge in tourists arrivals in the holiday season.