AirAsia PH to vaccinate 1,500 employees starting next month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — The Philippine unit of regional low-cost carrier AirAsia is targeting to vaccinate over 1,500 Filipino employees beginning May as it gears up for a travel rebound.

Keeping its optimism that air travel would soon regain its momentum, AirAsia Philippines said it has secured COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate its employees.

"AirAsia recognizes that the aviation sector plays a critical role as economic and tourism drivers, and we know that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the next necessary phase of recovery," AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Ricky Isla was quoted as saying in a statement on Sunday.

The vaccine brand was not disclosed, but it noted that it teamed up with government agencies and private entities to secure the initial vaccine doses.

The company said it already identified its priority list, which includes frontliner Allstars, such as ground staff, pilots, cabin crew, and others who have direct engagements with its guests.

In an internal survey conducted by its People and Culture Department, a vast majority, or 92 percent of the respondents, have expressed their willingness to be vaccinated.

Companies in the Philippines have been securing COVID-19 vaccine deals to immunize their employees for free.

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