Unvaccinated crew of the Hong Kong airline carrier Cathay Pacific are to lose their jobs, local media reports say, after a deadline elapsed for people to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Thursday reported that disciplinary proceedings were under way against dozens of flight attendants and pilots who had refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The airline, which employs 13,500 local staff and 4300 from around the world, had previously said it would dismiss crew who were not vaccinated by August 31.
"We are following up on the small number of cases individually," a spokeswoman told SCMP. "We continue to review the future employment of those who are not vaccinated and assess whether they can continue to be employed as aircrew with Cathay Pacific."
While 99 per cent of pilots and 93 per cent of flight attendants had received the vaccine, the airline told SCMP that most of those who had not yet been vaccinated were mostly either unable to receive the shot for medical reasons or were on long-term leave.
The latest figures from Wednesday showed that just 51 per cent of Hong Kong's 7.5 million population were fully vaccinated.
Last month, the Hong Kong government opted to extend its vaccination program by a month until October, hoping to ensure 70 per cent of people were vaccinated, amid an increase in uptake of the shot.
Borders and normal international travel however, remain at a near standstill, as Hong Kong maintains its "zero-case" strategy, which has shut down tourism, requiring incoming residents to undergo lengthy hotel quarantine stays of 21 days, at their own expense.