easyJet (U2/EZY) cabin crew are being trained under a fast track scheme to become NHS Vaccinators following an offer of help to the UK Government was accepted.
The airline made the offer to support the national vaccination programme and has over 3000 crew who are first aid trained and security cleared.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO commented: “We are delighted to be assisting the NHS in their efforts to protect the nation’s health and help to roll out this crucial vaccination programme.
“We are incredibly proud that once again our pilots and crew can help to support the NHS and that we can play our part for the nation at this time – and I know so many of them will step up to help at this challenging time for the country.
“The progress the country is making on the vaccination programme is an exciting and much-needed development. Once rolled out, it will enable normal life to return and is undoubtedly the key to unlocking travel again and enabling travel for work, to visit friends and family or for a much-needed holiday.
“We are pleased and proud to be able to play our part and stand by ready to support wherever else we can.”
Its crews are based up and down the country in key cities such as London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast meaning they are well already well positioned to help support the NHS in the nation-wide vaccination programme.
Luton based Cabin crew member, Katy Bryant, has applied to be a vaccinator. She said: “Like everyone, I’m incredibly grateful to our NHS and all frontline healthcare workers for all they continue to do for the country with the continued pressure they are facing from the virus, so when the opportunity came for cabin crew to assist the NHS as vaccinators I knew I wanted to apply.
“As cabin crew we are in a great position to support the vaccination effort because of the first aid and safety-focused training we receive for our job, so I am sure I will be joined by many of my fellow cabin crew at easyJet who will want to support the NHS in the vital roll-out of the vaccine across the country.”
One of the first NHS Trusts to recruit easyJet Cabin crew was Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. Their Chief Executive Elliot Howard-Jones said: “We are all looking forward to welcoming some of first easyJet crew for further training to become highly-valued members of our Trust’s immunisation team. Their first-aid and caring skills will make them ideally suited to help deliver the huge task we currently face, to give those most at risk protection against the COVID-19 virus.
“On behalf of all the Trust and our patients we truly appreciate their support and look forward to beating this pandemic together.”