The Emirates Group has begun rolling out a Covid-19 vaccination programme for its UAE-based workforce, in a scheme coordinated with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The inoculation drive places priority on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
The airline, along with dnata (the UAE-based airport services provider), are among the first transport and air services organisations in the world to offer employees the option to receive a vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Emirates employees at various company locations across the UAE can access the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines, which have been approved by the UAE health authorities. Inoculation appointments will run 12 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure as many essential aviation workers as possible can get the vaccine. Like all citizens and residents, Emirates Group employees in the UAE can also opt to get vaccinated at government-designated medical centres and clinics, as the UAE’s leadership and health authorities have spared no effort to make vaccines free and accessible to the population.
According to the data compiled by Our World In Data, a research website based at the UK’s 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.