Virgin Atlantic is working with the NHS and St John’s Ambulance service to secure voluntary and paid work for its staff to support the rollout of the Covid vaccinations.
Meanwhile, easyJet has said its cabin crew are also being recruited to work in vaccination centres.
Virgin said its staff, many of who have medical training, will be ‘rigorously trained’ to administer the vaccine, look after patients or manage the logistics of the vaccine centres.
EasyJet said its 3,000 crew are first aid trained, security cleared and based up and down the UK in London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, putting them in a good position to help support the NHS in the nation-wide vaccination programme.
Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin, said: “The mass vaccination programme is the only solution to beating this pandemic and we’re committed to help in any way we can, to support gearing up vaccinations as fast as possible.
“We are very proud of our highly skilled people at Virgin Atlantic and since the beginning of the crisis we have received an amazing response with hundreds keen to sign up and support the NHS and frontline emergency services.”