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Reminder: Covid-19 Vaccination Card as a Required Duty Item

Date: August 31, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination card becomes a required duty item for certain destinations from certain bases as well as for the Reserves at the designated bases flying to these destinations.

In an Inflight Service Safety Alert on August 20th, management announced, effective September 1, 2021, that the COVID-19 vaccination card will be considered a required duty item when operating flights to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Iceland, India and Peru as well as for all Flight Attendants on Reserve status at bases where flying to these destinations is assigned.  It should be noted that the list of countries having this requirement is subject to change on short notice based on ever-changing international crew requirements.

Worldwide restrictions and requirements pertaining to COVID-19 are evolving and changing rapidly, even here in the United States.  It’s for this reason management recommends that all Flight Attendants carry your original COVID-19 vaccine card with you at all times while working.  Be certain to protect your vaccination card as you would your passport.

Flight Attendants assigned to AMC and CRAF missions being flown to support U.S. Military operations are required not only to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but must also carry their vaccination card with them.

As we know, effective September 27, 2021, all U.S. based employees including those from Guam and Puerto Rico are required to have uploaded their vaccination records on Flying Together.  It should be noted, effective this same date, COVID-19 vaccination cards will be required duty items for all Flight Attendants regardless of your base or destination.

We also want to acknowledge that we’ve received a number of questions asking if laminating vaccine cards is permissible.  Keep in mind, if a booster shot for the vaccine you were administered is required, we are all expected to remain fully vaccinated.  Once you have laminated the vaccination card, the booster cannot be updated on that record.  You will likely be required to obtain a new vaccination card if the booster becomes required and you’ve laminated your vaccination record.

If you have lost or misplaced your vaccination card and require a replacement, you should contact your vaccine provider for more information.

If you are not in possession of the original COVID-19 vaccination card as you prepare to travel to any of the countries currently requiring the vaccination record, you must contact Crew Scheduling to be removed from the pairing, without pay.

For the most up to date information about country specific entry requirements, go toFlying Together >> Our Airline >> COVID-19 (Coronavirus) > Crew Travel Restrictions.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office for assistance. 

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