Irdwan giving directions to a visitor in Terminal 3 departure hall
As a DTM, Irdwan walks the ground during his shift to ensure that everything is in order. Part of his job also involves assisting visitors, as well as passengers departing or arriving in Singapore. Irdwan received his second dose of the vaccine on 5 February.
Leading up to his first vaccination appointment, Irdwan was slightly worried about the possible side effects of the vaccine. But at the same time, he was also very excited. “I was super proud when the vaccine arrived in Singapore, making us the first country in Asia to receive them. When I found out that airport workers will be among the first to join the vaccination programme, I was a bit nervous because of all the talk about side effects. However, when I read up more about it and had better clarity, the nervousness became excitement!”
Irdwan has since completed the full vaccination regimen and feels a lot safer at work. However, he is still cautious to not let his guard down, making sure to comply with all the safety measures that are in place. He shares, “Even with the vaccination as an additional safeguard, we should continue to practice safe distancing and don PPE when the standard operating procedure (SOP) calls for it, such as when we are facilitating passengers in the transit holding area (THA).” “Safety measures are in place for a reason, to keep everyone safe.”
Irdwan also looks forward to the reduced RRT frequency. He remembers his first RRT session, “My first swab session was nerve-wrecking. I had not done such a swab before and was nervous about having a stick up my nose, but more so about the result itself. If it came back positive, then I might have been putting those around me at risk as well.”
However, since his first negative Covid-19 result, he has gotten used to these tests, and feels that the result is testament to the effectiveness of safety measures implemented within the airport.
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