Companies ramp up jabs for frontline staff to boost confidence

As frontline workers, they were among those who kept the country running through lockdowns and two waves of the pandemic – now their organisations are getting them vaccinated on a war footing.

Amazon, Urban Company, Ola, Uber, BigBasket, Swiggy, SIS, Flipkart are among those that are inoculating frontline workers, delivery staff, driver partners, service professionals, security guards, facility management staff and cash van drivers and officers, for their health and safety as well as for the communities at large.

Most of these companies started their current vaccination drives for the 18-44 group in May with frontline teams. The likes of BigBasket and security group SIS plan to complete vaccinations in July.

“We have committed to provide vaccination support for one million employees, sellers, partners and their dependents. We believe this to be an important initiative not only for the health and safety of employees, but for the communities where they live and work,” said an Amazon spokesperson.

The company started vaccinating its frontline delivery workers in May through on-site vaccination camps, which have since expanded to include employees and eligible dependents across multiple cities.

The Flipkart Group started its vaccination drive for Flipkart and Myntra‘s frontline employees in Bangalore on May 12.

Leading security company SIS has completed vaccination of over 42% of its 2.3 lakh employee base. “All our employees are frontline workers,” said Rituraj Sinha, group managing director, SIS. The company’s HR teams took care of Cowin registrations, arranged for transportation to and from centres, while several branch offices were converted to vaccination centres in collaboration with local civic authorities.

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“We are confident of completing the vaccination process for the remaining 130,000 employees by mid-July,” said Sinha.

Vaccine status

Some companies are also uploading vaccination status on apps to reassure their customers.

At Urban Company, about 50% of service professionals – beauticians, appliance repair technicians, cleaners, massage therapists and more – have got the first dose and will near 80% completion by end-June.


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