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Virgin Australia to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO A passing shower of rain clouds creates a rainbow over Virgin Australia’s aircraft, at Sydney Airport in Australia on August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Virgin Australia said on Thursday 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.

Virgin stated that all pilots, crew members, and airport workers must be fully immunized by November 15th, while the rest of staff can wait until March 31st 2022. Virgin aligned its dates with Qantas.

Jayne Hrdlicka (Viacom Chief Executive Officer) stated that “we also support any government-led steps to ensure travelers are vaccinated.”

Australia has seen a series of lockdowns at the Australian border, including in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra, due to outbreaks of coronavirus. This is limiting domestic travel.

Although the country does not require vaccines to be carried on travel, some states do.

While the tight Pandemic-related border restrictions in Asia are expected to ease, Asian airlines reported high vaccine take-up rates from their pilots and cabin staff.

Singapore Airlines (OTC) Ltd, Malaysia Airlines (OTC) Ltd and Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Airways(OTC:) Ltd have required crew vaccinations.

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