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‘Give pilots across all age groups priority for Covid jabs’

NEW DELHI: An association representing over 5,000 pilots in India has urged the government to consider them — across age groups and not just above 45 — as frontline workers for Covid for priority vaccination.
Expressing “disappointment” at being left out from this category despite being in the forefront of the Covid battle from Day One, the Federation of Indian Pilots (FIP) on Thursday wrote to Union health ministry requesting that “commercial pilots in all age groups in India be categorised frontline workers so that they may be given priority and unrestricted voluntary access to Covid vaccines.”
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“Many pilots have been detected Covid positive in the line of duty … some (pilots) have lost there lives or loved ones… while many categories of workers have been categorised frontline, commercial pilots of India have been left out,” FIA president, Captain Surinder Mehta, says in his letter to the government.
FIA has pointed out that crew not being vaccinated “does not augur well for passenger confidence (something) that could further weaken financial condition of the sector.”
FIA represents pilots of Indian commercial airlines, regional and non-scheduled operators and private jets.

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