Truckers Expect No Post-Vaccination Quarantine Mandate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration announced that all pilots who received either version of the COVID vaccine to quarantine for no less than “a period of 48 hours following the administration of each dose of the vaccine before returning to safety-sensitive duties such as air traffic control or flying.”
Experts believe the vaccine to have a negative effect on individuals receiving it within the first 48 hours post-vaccination. It could come with air-safety compromise because of potential side effects of the vaccine.
There is concern on how this may also affect the commercial truck driving industry. According to an official speaking on the behalf of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they have continued to follow the guidance of the Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At this time,” the official noted, “no similar stand-down recommendations for CDL holders, following receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination, has been proffered by HHS/CDC.”
While there have been several reports of more alarming allergic reactions in people who have a history, there have been very few reports of anything more than mild side effects. For some, these included a fever and chills. The Federal Aviation Administration noted that they would continue to monitor reactions for those who are post-vaccination and could revise the current quarantine period when there is more information and results available.
Currently, commercial drivers and other transportation workers are part of the third-priority group in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.