Aer Lingus is warning flight crew not to get vaccinated while in the United States.
And to think, some airlines actually want their employees to get vaccinated. One entire airline flew to Serbia to get everyone vaccinated and then flew home.
Aer Lingus management isn’t a group of anti-vaxxers. Instead,
- They’re generally scheduling 24 hour trip layovers in the U.S.
- But crew aren’t supposed to work for 88 hours post-vaccination because of the risk of side effects
- So if a crewmember gets vaccinated, they may not be able to work their return trip home.
Travelers from all over the world are coming to the U.S. to get vaccinated. Alaska is even setting up vaccine on arrival at airports. Most of the world lags the U.S. in vaccination, and most Aer Lingus cabin crew are not yet eligible for doses at home.
Of course the U.S. should be doing ore to vaccinate the world. It’s awkward to be vaccinating 12 year olds with two Pfizer doses, I think, when they’re at very little risk to begin with and while the pandemic rages unabated in many parts of the world. Likewise we shouldn’t be stockpiling AstraZeneca or Novavax doses which haven’t even been approved for use here, since there’s no supply shortage for them to address.
But Aer Lingus management ought to be scheduling longer layovers or flying over additional crew with their plethora of empty seats. The should want their employees vaccinated, and should be helping to facilitate this. Of course Aer Lingus is owned by IAG, parent company of British Airways, so their position is not surprising.
(HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)