LONDON (Reuters) – British airline EasyJet has announced that the National Health Service (NHS) will train hundreds of its cabin crew to deliver the Covit-19 vaccine under an accelerated program designed to help boost vaccination efforts in the country.
With the new variant of the virus spreading across the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rushing the country into a third lockout and vaccinations.
The government plans to vaccinate about 15 million people – the elderly, vulnerable and leading workers – by mid-February, opening centers and helping volunteers achieve their goal.
Many of EasyJet’s 3,000 cabin crew are not working because of the low level of travel due to locking, but both first aid trainees and security are being destroyed, making it attractive candidates for the NHS to help with the project.
EasyJet expects hundreds of teams to register for the vaccine on Wednesday, and its staff, like last year, volunteered to support the NHS.
The aircraft, like most European carriers, is interested in making the vaccine, so the journey will resume. Its funds are being squeezed out of a 10-month minimum flight, forcing the ax staff to borrow more.
“The progress the country has made in the vaccine program is an exciting and much-needed development. Once formed, it will undoubtedly be the key to re-opening the journey,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet.
He wrote a letter to Johnson in November offering EasyJet assistance.
(Report by Sarah Young; Editing by Estelle Shirban)