As India’s vaccination program went into full swing, there were slight hiccups and that is when Corporate India decided to step in and kickstart vaccination programs in their ecosystems.
Workspaces in major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Noida, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Gurgaon have clocked around 20.36 lakh doses as per the last available data. The availability of the vaccines is expected to remain stable after the Union government’s decision of continuing the 25% of vaccine supply to private hospitals which are the scaffoldings of almost all workplace vaccine drives.
Some companies are inoculating their own while some others are also reaching out to the wider community. Here’s a compilation of all the efforts by companies across the board.
Known as India’s corporate Godzilla, Reliance Industries Limited aims to vaccinate over 1.3 million employees, their family members and other associates across 880 cities in India free of cost. RIL, which bought both Covaxin and Covishield, has also extended the benefit to retired employees.
Tata group has set up more than 400 corporate vaccination centres across the country to ensure that 3 million employees, including around 1.5 lakh contract labourers are inoculated at the earliest. The company is also said that it is ensuring that those who have shifted back to their hometowns get the benefit at the nearest hospitals.
The Adani group has also been vaccinating its employees since the vaccination program began. While the company initially reimbursed the vaccination costs, it then moved towards in-house vaccination. The company is currently vaccinating employees and their immediate family members.
Mahindra and Mahindra
Indian automotive manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, in a letter to employees, announced that it will be reimbursing the vaccination costs of over 80,000 of its dealership employees. The company is also providing medical insurance to all its employees valid for up to one year.
In case of death due to Covid-19, the company and the dealership will both donate a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased.
Infosys has set up vaccination camps at eight campuses has collaborated with 130 hospitals for the vaccination of its employees. The company has already vaccinated thousands of its employees.
Amazon India started its in-house vaccination program on May 11 and is covering the vaccination costs of its employees as well as everyone involved in its delivery operations ecosystem. The company is expecting at least 10 lakh beneficiaries from its vaccination drive. It also includes Small and Medium Business owners who have been active on its site for the past year.
Flipkart has partnered with top hospitals and is arranging vaccination camps at its campuses in NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The company will vaccinate all its employees free of cost.
The company has begun phase-wise vaccination of its employees. It will also start hosting vaccination drives at its offices across the country. The company is first vaccinating its front-line warriors – delivery personnel. Other employees and their dependents can choose to get vaccinated at its offices or the nearest hospital – the cost of which will be borne by the company.
Paytm aims to vaccinate 45,000 + of its employees, family members and their dependents. It has already vaccinated thousands of its employees through tie-ups with major hospitals across the country. It has also started vaccinating its 8000+ field service executives. In fact, the company started its in-house volunteer service across the country during the second wave to assist any employee in urgent need of supplies.
On May 26th, Ola announced that it had already vaccinated 50% of its employees and their dependents. The drive was started in its Bangalore office and will slowly be expanded to other offices across the country. It has tied up with leading hospitals to set up vaccination camps at its offices.
Swiggy will be covering the vaccination costs of over 2 lakh of its delivery partners and has already vaccinated thousands of delivery partners across different age groups. It will also be covering the loss of pay of employees during this period.
Zomato is also aiming to vaccinate and cover the vaccination costs of 1.5 lakh frontline staff and workers. The vaccination drive started at its offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru and has been extended to other cities.