The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday said that pilots and crew members will be “medically unfit” for flying in an aircraft for 48 hours after receiving the coronavirus vaccination.
In a set of guidelines, the aviation regulator said that pilots and crew members will be allowed to resume their flying duties if there are no symptoms 48 hours after the inoculation. Aircrew will also be monitored for 30 minutes at the vaccination centres for severe allergic or unusual response, it said.
If the pilots experience any symptoms after 48 hours, they will be treated by a physician. “Such pilots can be declared unfit for flying duties provided they are asymptomatic without any medication and a ‘medical cure certificate’ to this effect be obtained,” the aviation regulatory body said.
It said if medical unfitness period persists for over 14 days, then a “special medical examination” will be required to ascertain fitness for flying of the aircrew.