airBaltic claims "100% staff immunity"

Latvian national airline airBaltic announced November 15 that its entire "active staff", including the company’s flying personnel, are now vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the virus and certified to prove it.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said: “Vaccination is the most efficient way how we can combat this pandemic. I thank our professional team for joining forces and becoming the first airline in Europe that has achieved 100% staff immunity.” (sic)

However, the details of the claim make it clear it is not simply a case of all airBaltic staff members getting jabs. Some members of staff have indeed declined to be vaccinated, making the "100%" claim somewhat questionable.

"As of November 15, nine staff members have been suspended from work without pay, as they were unable to present the relevant Covid-19 or recovery certificate or haven’t had their first Covid-19 vaccine. A few employees, who have a medical reason not allowing them to receive the vaccine, continue working at the company remotely," said a press release from the airline titled "airBaltic reaches 100% Covid-19 vaccination".

The airline currently employs around 1,490 people, including 228 pilots and 393 cabin crew. To read more about the airBaltic health measures, please visit the  airBaltic website: https://www.airbaltic.com/en/health-measures.

 

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