Emirates airline, Dubai National Air Travel Agency (dnata) and other subsidiaries within Emirates Group has rolled out a Covid-19 vaccination programme for its UAE based workforce on Monday.
The initiative has been undertaken in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention, says a press release.
The inoculation drive began this morning, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
Emirates airline, along with dnata, are among the first transport and air services organisations in the world to offer employees the option to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, it added.
The Emirates Group is making both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines, which have been approved by the UAE health authorities, conveniently accessible to its employees at various company locations across the UAE. Inoculation appointments will run 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Like all citizens and residents, Emirates Group employees in the UAE can also opt to get vaccinated at government designated medical centres and clinics.
The UAE is also on track to inoculate over 50% of its population by the end of March. Since vaccination rollout in last December, close to1.9 million vaccinations have been given to citizens and residents in UAE.
According to the data compiled by Our World in Data, a research website based at Oxford University, the UAE is ranked second highest in the world for vaccination rates, with over 19.04 doses administrated for every 100 people.