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Airline Professionals Association - Teamsters Local Union No. 1224

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Concerning FAA Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine

12-12-2020

Fellow Airline Professional Association Members, CAPA received the following directly from the FAA today, and provided below is the link to the notice on the FAA website: “After reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization, the FAA has issued the below policy statement. The FAA has approved the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer for use by holders of FAA-issued airman medical certificates or medical clearances performing safety-sensitive aviation functions; however, they must observe a 48 hour waiting period after each dose. The FAA will consider updates to our policy in the future, including the addition of other FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.”

Policy Statement:

Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as mRNA. The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) adopts the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation: Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose. AAM will monitor the patient response to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety. Additional vaccines will each be evaluated as EUAs are issued. Notice on FAA Website: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94991 As this situation continues to evolve and additional information becomes available we will continue to keep the members updated. Fraternally, Timothy A. Jewell, President Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224