Guest speaker Dr. Paulo Alves, Global Medical Director Aviation Health for MedAire, and a Member of NBAA Safety Committee returns again within 3 months to provide yet another update on COVID issues in business aviation, specifically about COVID vaccine effectiveness, vaccinated and non-vaccinated workers being together, and suggestions for updating your flight department's COVID mitigation procedures. This call is hosted by AeronomX Walter Kraujalis, and several questions from the listeners were addressed afterwards. There was a request from a listener for some official references, which Dr. Alves has provided and are available below for download.
By the way, the so-called ‘breakthrough’ infection rate (people who got infected after being vaccinated) is estimated in 0.01%.
Also, from the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html?s_cid=10482:vaccine%20and%20already%20had%20covid:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Last but not least, a few charts plotting vaccinations and the 7-day rolling average of new cases for Israel and the US as encouraging examples.