While vaccination for the 18-44 age group has been slow in most states due to lack of doses, the vaccination campaign by many large companies has provided an alternative route for many. Companies such as Tech Mahindra, TCS, Swiggy and Maruti have set up vaccination centers for their employees and families.
“I’m supposed to go to the United States for my graduate studies, but I couldn’t travel without vaccination. I tried to get vaccinated through the CoWin app but was unsuccessful as most centers in Mumbai were running out of doses. It was then that my mother’s office announced the vaccination of her staff and family. It’s a huge relief for me, ”says Rashmi, 23, from Bombay.
The same goes for Srinivas Rao, 70, who was vaccinated in his son’s office. “Instead of standing in long lines in this heat for hours on end, my son’s office vaccination initiative has been a blessing. It only took 20 minutes to get my photo, ”says Rao.
This comes even as many states face a shortage of doses in hospitals.
Shortage of doses
Maharashtra, for example, has stopped immunizing people between the ages of 18 and 44. In other states, seniors have had to wait hours in long lines to get vaccinated.
“If companies are getting vaccines for their employees and families, then how come hospitals are not getting enough stock. Maybe the pharmaceutical companies are selling the vaccines at a higher price to the companies, ”said a pharmaceutical industry executive.
For businesses, providing vaccines to employees and families is one way to minimize the impact of the pandemic on their workforce.
Harshvendra Soin, Global Chief People Officer and Head – Marketing, Tech Mahindra, said: “Timely vaccination for everyone is our best chance to win this war against Covid-19. As India battles the second wave of the pandemic, our first priority is to get all our associates, their families and our entire ecosystem of partners vaccinated as soon as possible. As part of our #ResolveToRISE initiative, we are taking proactive steps and collaborating with major hospitals to organize vaccination campaigns to ensure 100% vaccination of employees.
“Our delivery partners and frontline staff continue to help consumers, especially with recent movement restrictions. Swiggy insisted on the need for them to get priority access to immunization. The vaccination campaign is a proactive step to ensure their safety and that of our consumers. Thousands of partners have already received their first dose and we are confident that a large part of our fleet will participate and be vaccinated in the coming weeks, ”said Vivek Sunder, COO, Swiggy.