Pilots, cabin crew to not fly for 48 hours after COVID-19 vaccination: DGCA

Today News Online Service
New Delhi, March 9

The civil aviation regulator DGCA issued COVID-19 vaccination guidelines for pilots and cabin crew members on Tuesday.

Titled ‘Temporary Unfitness For Flying’ following COVID-19 Vaccination (after each dose), the guidelines bars them from flying for 48 hours after their inoculation.   

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in the guidelines: “If there are no symptoms after 48 hours, the air crew (which includes pilots and cabin crew) is fit to resume ‘unrestricted’ flying duties”.

The DGCA also specified that the air crew would be monitored for 30 minutes after their vaccination at the COVID-19 vaccination centre itself for any “anaphylactic and idiosyncratic reaction”.

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,’ it added.

“Air crew will be ‘medically unfit for flying’ for 48 hours after vaccination,” it said, adding that if, after 48 hours, the pilot experiences any symptoms, he or she will be reviewed by a physician or his or her authorised medical attendant.

The DGCA said if the medical unfitness period post-COVID-19 vaccination is more than 14 days, then a “special medication examination” will be required to ascertain fitness for flying of such pilots and crew members.

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