The Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday in a recent development said that all the pilots and cabin crew members will not be allowed to fly in an aircraft for 48 hours after being inoculated against novel Coronavirus.
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In a circular released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), they said, “If there are no symptoms after 48 hours, the aircrew (which includes pilots and cabin crew) is fit to resume ‘unrestricted’ flying duties.”
The circular said aircrew will be monitored for 30 minutes after taking the shot at the COVID-19 vaccination center itself for any anaphylactic an idiosyncratic reaction. “Aircrew will be ‘medically unfit for flying’ for 48 hours after vaccination,” the DGCA said.
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According to the circular, after 48 hours if the pilot experiences any symptoms, he or she will be reviewed by the treating physician or his or her authorized medical attendant.
It further added, “Such pilots can be declared fit for flying duties provided they are asymptomatic without any medications and medical care certificate’ to this effect to be obtained.”
A special meditation examination will be required to ascertain fitness for flying if the medical unfitness period post- COVID-19 exhibition is more than 14 days, said the DGCA.
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Speaking to the media, an airline spokesperson said, “We are working towards getting the cover vaccination for our staff in a streamlined manner, so as to ensure all our staff members are vaccinated without affecting operations. Vaccines will be sponsored by the airlines themselves.”