THE national airline of Singapore hopes to become the first airline in the world where all crew members are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed to CNN Travel that all of their crew – including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose jobs require public contact – have been offered a free coronavirus vaccine by the Singapore government. The country has purchased the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two shots.

According to the airline’s CEO, Goh Choon Phong, in a statement emailed to all companies recently said we thank the Singapore government for making the aviation sector a priority in the country’s vaccination exercise. This reflects the importance of this sector, and the important role we are playing in Singapore’s economic recovery and in the fight against the pandemic.

“5,200 SIA employees had signed up for the vaccine. Inoculation will begin within a few days. Along with Singapore’s transport minister Ong Ye Kung, are among the nationals to be vaccinated for the first time. She has received the first of two shots, and reports that “the procedure is painless and painless,” Phong said.

Once vaccinated, crew members will be under less surveillance and fewer security measures related to the coronavirus. For example, crew members who are currently undergoing the test on the seventh day after returning to Singapore will be exempt from this test in the future.

Singapore’s response to the pandemic has been largely successful due to border closings and a national contract tracking application. The country has 59,113 confirmed cases of the virus and just 29 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. [antaranews/photo special]