Jab and fly: Garuda Indonesia launches COVID-19 vaccination scheme for passengers

Garuda Indonesia aircrafts parked on the runway of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in January 2020. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media
Garuda Indonesia aircrafts parked on the runway of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in January 2020. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia today launched its COVID-19 vaccination service, allowing passengers to get their COVID jabs at the airport. 

Garuda Indonesia chairman Irfan Setiaputra said the service is aimed at supporting the national vaccination program.

“We believe that this vaccination program is a ‘game changer’ that holds an important role in efforts to overcome the pandemic in Indonesia, and it should be fully supported by all parties,” Irfan said in a statement today.

All Garuda passengers above 18 flying from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport may register for their first or second COVID-19 jab using CoronaVac, which is developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac. 

Passengers only need to show their Garuda tickets and ID cards (KTP) to receive their jab at Garuda’s customer service area at the airport’s Terminal 3. The service is open from 8am to 2pm daily. 

However, they can only register on the same day of their departure and prior to checking in for their flights. Participants will get standard health screenings by the medical team before the vaccination, and those who wish to get their second CoronaVac dose should have an interval of at least 28 days from their first jab.

The vaccines are administered by health workers from Garuda’s health service unit, Garuda Sentra Medika, in cooperation with the local health authorities. Irfan said the airline will adjust to the availability of vaccine doses allocated by health authorities.

 

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