The Dubai-based aviation company of Emirates Group has rolled out its new program to vaccinate frontline aviation personnel who are currently working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Emirates Group, which comprises the UAE’s flag carrier Emirates and the Emirati airport service provider of dnata, has launched a Covid-19 vaccination program for its staff, starting yesterday (January 19).
The Emirates Group is currently developing two types of Covid-19 vaccines named Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm, which have been approved by the health authorities in the UAE, to provide to its employees. The vaccination program will be prioritized for its frontline aviation workforces currently working in the UAE among its 80,000 employees globally at first, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
Together with Singapore Airlines, Emirates also becomes one of the first airlines in the globe to vaccinate its employees against coronavirus, which marks another forward step in ensuring the health and safety of aviation staff in the process of daily working, serving travel and transportation around the world.
Previously, Emirates also implemented a series of safety and health measures such as piloting IATA Travel Pass and incorporating biometric technology into airport check-in procedures to provide touchless experiences in a seamless journey for passengers.
In particular, Emirates has partnered with IATA, allowing passengers to use the new pass as a digital “immunity passport”. With the IATA Travel Pass, passengers can securely store their personal information and test results as well as update the vaccine status upon entry requirements of governments.
Regarding the adoption of biometric technology, Emirates launches automated gateways with facial recognition programs from the replacement of traditional check-in desks with smart gates at Terminal 3 in Dubai international airport, thereby helping passengers to go through all the on-ground procedures without any physical contact and intervention from airline staff and customs officials.