Malaysian airlines give good ground service at vaccination centres

Local airlines staff have been mobilised to help out at mega Covid-19 vaccine centres as facility volunteers. - AirAsia

Airline staff have stepped up as volunteers at Covid-19 vaccine centres amid the nationwide vaccination programme.

Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and AirAsia have all mobilised their employees to help out with non-medical duties at vaccination centres (PPV) in the country.

Their duties include greeting and assisting people with the registration, making announcements, and briefing on any possible symptoms.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes hoped the initiative would help accelerate the vaccination process.

"We are proud to help the government accelerate the vaccination rate and achieve its target of 80% of the population vaccinated by the end of the year, ” he said in a statement.

Fernandes added that volunteering at vaccination centres also gives airline staff a chance to be back in uniform.

"I’m proud that our cabin crew, who are well trained in caregiving and handling medical situations, are doing their part. I’m sure they are thrilled to be back in uniform, doing what they do best, serving people in the air and on the ground," he said.

AirAsia deployed over 300 staff at two mega Covid-19 vaccine centres in the Klang Valley – the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Setia City Convention Centre.

Moving forward, AirAsia said over 1, 000 employees are expected to play a role in the nationwide vaccination programme as it progresses in the coming months.

According to Fernandes, a more aggressive vaccination rollout is key to helping the aviation sector recover post-pandemic.

"Tourism and air travel are critical to our economic recovery. The combination of vaccines being aggressively and efficiently rolled out, better education vaccination and a standardised digital health passport among countries are key to a strong air travel recovery," he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) – the parent company of Malaysia Airlines and Firefly – mobilised 80 employees to volunteer at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil and KL Convention Centre.

MAG group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said the company is "honoured to play our part in supporting the government ensure the smooth rollout of vaccines".

"Despite the challenging year for us at MAG, it is heartwarming to see our employees still in high spirits to go above and beyond their call of duty, taking on volunteer roles, especially during this time of need," he said.

Airlines in the country have also been instrumental in transporting vaccines throughout the country.
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