Bengaluru, January 24, 2021: The Karnataka Health Department has withdrawn a circular that included airport staff in the category of frontline workers for COVID-19 and clarified that only healthcare workers will be covered in the priority list for vaccination.
On Friday, the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Service of the Government of Karnataka issued a circular stating that staff members at all airports including Mangaluru International Airport are considered as frontline workers, and are permitted for vaccination against the virus on a priority basis.
Withdrawal order from DHFW regarding considering all airport staff as frontline workers for Covid19 vaccination@CMofKarnataka@mla_sudhakar @iaspankajpandey @BLRAirport @HubballiAirport @mlrairport @AaiKalaburagi pic.twitter.com/NMmNmgJ1qD— K’taka Health Dept (@DHFWKA) January 24, 2021
The circular directed the respective district health officers to make necessary arrangements and ensure that all the staff members at Airports received the COVID-19 vaccine as per the existing protocol. Authorities at Kempegowda International Airport KIAL, Bengaluru and Mangaluru International Airport, also at Belagavi, Hubbali -Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysuru, and Bidar were intimated about the same. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare seeking that the aviation sector indeed be considered as a top priority.