COVID Vaccine Information for Aviation Workers

COVID Vaccine Information for Aviation Workers

Updated April 8, 2021

Aviation is critical for vaccine distribution, and the people on the frontlines of aviation need priority vaccination. AFA has called on the federal government to set up vaccination clinics at airports to make it easy for aviation workers to access both their first and second doses. This is urgent and we are working with the new administration to make this a priority to protect workers and effectively eradicate the virus.

Until there is a federal program in place we need to continue to call on all governors to move essential aviation workers into tier 1b (or equivalent) in line with other non-medical essential workers and essential transportation workers. Please click here and use our simple online tool to send a letter to your governor.

Have you been vaccinated yet? Are you planning to get the vaccine?

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Under the previous administration, state governors were given responsibility for creating vaccine priority tiers. Aviation workers are frontline essential employees, but not every state has prioritized us to receive the vaccine.

AFA MECs and Local Councils are working hard to get access for Flight Attendants and provide the most up to date information at your base. Make sure you're signed up for your local communications. 

States are working to make COVID-19 vaccine shots available to all U.S. adults by April 19, to meet President Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses by April 30, the date he reaches 100 days in office. Several states have expanded the guidelines for eligibility within the past week.

AFA has provided a letter of prioritization for Flight Attendants and more information about vaccine access here.

Flight Attendants across the country have begun receiving the vaccine. AFA and most airlines have distributed vaccine priority letters to help Flight Attendants establish essential worker priority vaccine status and get the vaccine. Download AFA's Flight Attendant Vaccine Priority letter here.

We will continue to maintain and update this page for aviation workers to find your current vaccine priority and resources to register for and receive the vaccine. The vaccination rollouts have differed or changed from the state's previously established tiers—email [email protected] if you have additional information about your state. 

State/District/Territory Aviation Worker Priority Universal Adult
Eligibility Date
Link to Vaccine Portal
Alabama 1-B April 5 Alabama
Alaska 1-B March 9 Alaska
American Samoa 3 April 19* American Samoa
Arizona 1-B March 24 Arizona
Arkansas 1-B March 30 Arkansas
California Public Transit Workers (Flight Attendants) have been moved  to prioritization April 15 California
Colorado 1-B.3 April 2 Colorado
Connecticut 1-B April 1 Connecticut
Delaware 1-B April 6 Delaware
District of Columbia 1-B.3 April 19 District of Columbia
Florida 2 April 5 Florida
Georgia 1-B March 25 Georgia
Guam 3 April 19* Guam
Hawaii 1-B April 19 Hawaii
Idaho 1-B April 5 Idaho
Illinois 1-B April 12 Illinois
Indiana 2 March 31 Indiana
Iowa 2 April 5 Iowa
Kansas 2 March 29 Kansas
Kentucky 1-C April 5 Kentucky
Louisiana 1-B.2 March 29 Louisiana
Maine 1-B April 7 Maine
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 1-B April 7 CNMI
Maryland 1-C April 6 Maryland
Massachusetts Phase 2, Group 3 April 19 Massachusetts
Michigan 1-B April 5 Michigan
Minnesota 1-C March 30 Minnesota
Mississippi 2 March 16 Mississippi
Missouri 1-B.3 April 9 Missouri
Montana 1-C April 1 Montana
Nebraska 1-B April 5 Nebraska
Nevada Varies by County April 5 Nevada
New Hampshire 3-B April 2 New Hampshire
New Jersey 1-B April 19 New Jersey
New Mexico 1-B.C April 5 New Mexico
New York 1-B April 6 New York
North Carolina 3 April 7 North Carolina
North Dakota 1-C March 29 North Dakota
Ohio 2 March 29 Ohio
Oklahoma 3 March 29 Oklahoma
Oregon 2 April 19 Oregon
Pennsylvania 1-C April 19 Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico 1-B April 19* Puerto Rico
Rhode Island Varies by Age April 19 Rhode Island
South Carolina 1-B March 31 South Carolina
South Dakota 1-E April 5 South Dakota
Tennessee 2-A April 5 Tennessee
Texas 3 March 29 Texas
Utah 3 March 24 Utah
Vermont 3 April 19 Vermont
U.S. Virgin Islands 1-B April 7 USVI
Virginia 1-B April 18 Virginia
Washington 1-B.2 over 50 y/o
1-B.4 under 50 y/o
April 15 Washington
West Virginia 1-D March 22 West Virginia
Wisconsin 1-B April 5 Wisconsin
Wyoming 1-B.7 March 31 Wyoming

*Territories likely to follow President Biden's vaccine eligibility date requirements, but not confirmed. 

Tips for Flight Attendants Trying to Get the Vaccine

Source: PBS

1. Try lots of sources and locations to see if the vaccine is available.

There is no single, central source where you must go to get the vaccine, though some regions have set up mass vaccination sites. For some with the time and access to transportation, it can be worth driving a farther distance to get the vaccine, too. Check to see if vaccines are being administered by:

  • Your primary care doctor

  • Local pharmacies and grocery stores

  • Your local health department — depending on where you live, it could be at the city or county level.

  • Your state health department

2. Read all the online documentation.

Your state, county, city and health systems should have information about their vaccine processes on their official websites and social media accounts. Keep checking on this regularly, as localities are often changing their guidance.

3. Sign up everywhere you qualify

Some states have not opened up sign-ups to the general public, focusing instead on deploying the vaccine to specific facilities or communities. But for states where you can register, it makes sense to cast a wide net with all the available health systems in your area, in hopes of getting notifications about vaccine supply in your area. For example, a hospital system affiliated with a university or a private health care chain might share updates about vaccine availability.

4. Have all your information ready.

If you’re booking an appointment online or on the phone, you don’t want to waste time looking up your medical history or insurance information or locating your ID. Here are some other factors you may want to raise:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is supposed to be free, but check with your provider and insurance company if there are any administrative charges for care.

  • Tell your vaccine provider if you’ve had an allergic reaction to other vaccines in the past. The CDC recommends that if you have a history of allergic reactions that aren’t related to vaccines or injectable medicines, you should still get vaccinated.

  • If you’re getting the vaccine as part of our priority "essential aviation worker" status, have your crew badge ready. Most airlines have distributed vaccine priority letters to help Flight Attendants establish essential worker priority vaccine status—bring this to your vaccine appointment. 

5. Don’t risk your health scavenging for a vaccine in-person.

While we’re all hearing anecdotal stories of people lucking out getting leftover vaccines or swooping in when someone misses their appointment, it’s not always a smart strategy to wait for extra dosages in-person — especially if it’s indoors with other people in a confined space. That could be counterproductive for your health.

6. If you are capable, help others.

Share information with your flying partners, friends, families and neighbors, and let people know if there are vaccine openings. Ask around for how people got appointments and share accurate information in your own community.

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As the pandemic continues, health experts advise Americans should continue taking other precautions as well, especially amid news that new variants of the virus may be transmitted more easily.

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