JetBlue giving away 100,000 tickets to health care workers

Writer: Derrick Shaw

JetBlue is giving 100,000 health care workers free roundtrip flights for two to honor their work amid the coronavirus crisis.

Flight certificates will first be awarded to 10,000 health care workers in New York City, which has been hard-hit by the virus.

The airline will then give 90,000 pairs of flight certificates to medical workers across the U.S.

Those who receive the tickets will be selected from nominations by the public, who are being asked to share the “Healthcare Heroes” in their lives. To do that, you can click here. Submissions need to be made by May 15.

The certificates can be used “when the time is right” to travel anywhere JetBlue flies.

JetBlue is calling the giveaway an opportunity to “Fly It Forward.”

JetBlue said in the giveaway rules that the following health care workers are eligible:

a. Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.

b. Healthcare providers and caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists.

c. Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).

d. Workers in other medical and biomedical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical good and supplies).

e. Manufacturer workers for health manufacturing (including biotechnology companies), materials and parts suppliers, logistics and warehouse operators, distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.

f. Public health/community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.

g. Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.

h. Workers who manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely.

i. Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.

j. Workers performing information technology and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.

k. Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.

l. Pharmacy employees necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.

m. Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.

n. Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.

o. Police officers, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and those who are immediately responding to the scene of emergencies and accidents to provide assistance in an official capacity on the frontlines of COVID-19.

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