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Monday, 21 December, 2020

FAA Clears Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers to Receive Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The FAA has determined that pilots may receive Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA Air Traffic Controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, have also been cleared to receive the vaccination.

Similar to the guidance provided for Pfizer, Inc.’s version of the vaccine, the agency will require pilots with medical certifications or air traffic controllers with medical clearances to observe a period of 48 hours following the administration of each dose of this vaccine before conducting safety-sensitive aviation duties.

The required waiting period applies to those holding an Airman Medical Certificate issued under 14 CFR Part 67 or a Medical Clearance issued under FAA Order 3930.3C.

Because the Moderna vaccine also requires two doses, this time 28 days apart, the waiting period applies after each dose.

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