SMC allots ₱1B for free COVID-19 vaccination of employees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23)— Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation is spending close to ₱1 billion to fund a program that would vaccinate for free all its 70,000 employees and extended workforce against COVID-19.

In a statement on Tuesday, SMC said the company is “currently laying the groundwork” for its vaccination strategy.

The vaccines will be administered to employees on a voluntary basis, but SMC President Ramon S. Ang expressed hope that all eligible employees will sign up to get inoculated once the products become available.

“Our program is in line with our core value of malasakit and aims to create a safe and healthy workplace so that we can further contribute to our country’s economic recovery,” Ang said.

“It is our civic duty and our best chance at protecting ourselves and those we love. It is the best thing we can do today to help contain this pandemic, protect the vulnerable, and help speed up economic recovery,” he added.

The company said it will continue to follow strict health protocols to curb the spread of the coronavirus as it waits for vaccines to become widely available.