Virgin Australia issues staff vaccine mandate
Virgin Australia said on Thursday it will require all its staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Pilots, cabin crew and airport workers will need to be fully vaccinated by 15 November, while other staff will have until 31 March 2022, Virgin said.
The move brings it in line with domestic rival Qantas Airways and a growing number of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We also remain supportive of any government-led measures to ensure travellers are vaccinated,” Virgin’s chief executive, 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.