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Virgin Australia to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

Virgin Australia to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

FILE PHOTO: A rainbow from a passing rain shower sits over Virgin Australia aircraft at Sydney's Airport in Australia, August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

SYDNEY: Virgin Australia said on Thursday (Sep 16) it will require all its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, in line with domestic rival Qantas Airways Ltd and a growing number of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pilots, cabin crew and airport workers will need to be fully vaccinated by Nov 15, while other staff will have until Mar 31, 2022, Virgin said, aligning its dates with Qantas.

"We also remain supportive of any government-led measures to ensure travellers are vaccinated," Virgin Chief Executive Officer Jayne Hrdlicka said.

In Australia, lockdowns in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra due to coronavirus cases have led to state border closures, hampering domestic travel.

The country has not mandated vaccines for travel, but some states require them for entry in certain cases.

Asian airlines have reported high vaccination take-up rates among pilots and cabin crew as they wait for the region's tight pandemic-related border controls to be relaxed.

Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways are among those that have mandated crew vaccinations.

Source: Reuters

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