Hong Kong to mandate vaccination for targeted groups of airport staff

The operator looks to jab airport staff in targeted groups who are required to be vaccinated 

Targeted groups of airport workers including airline staff will be required to be vaccinated, with no option of producing negative results in place of vaccination at Hong Kong International. 

The new requirements, which will further protect airport staff in view of the latest COVID-19 pandemic situation, are implemented on top of the rules introduced by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA).  

Hong Kong International Airport
Photo Hong Kong International Airport 

All staff, since August 1, entering the airport restricted area must be fully vaccinated, or be able to produce a negative test result. The new requirements are further enhancement of related measures in view of the latest COVID-19 case involving an airline lounge staff. 

The targeted groups include those handling high-risk cargo and those who have unavoidable close-range contact with arrival and transfer/transit passengers and crew.  

This includes staff such as airline and ground agent staff, ramp coordinator, inflight catering coordinator, cargo loading staff, as well as cabin and lavatory cleaners.  

Airport operators including airlines must only deploy vaccinated staff to perform the relevant duties. 

The new requirements will be implemented in two phases. 

In phase one, taking effect from September 1, staff in the targeted groups are mandated to complete at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19. Those who have completed one dose or fully vaccinated are required to undergo a test every seven days. 

In phase two, with effect from September 30, all staff of the targeted groups must have completed two doses of vaccination and are required to take a test every seven days. 

Medical exemption is not accepted in both phases. To date, over 80% of the staff in the targeted groups have received the first dose of vaccination.