SMC deploys own doctors, nurses to help vaccination rollout in LGUs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — San Miguel Corporation is reinforcing the government vaccination program by deploying its own doctors and nurses to local government units to help in the inoculation drive.

"This is another way we can support government's vaccination efforts -- by sharing our resources, in this case, our employee medical professionals..." said SMC president and CEO Ramon S. Ang in a statement on Wednesday.

"Our doctors and nurses have committed to help out short-staffed LGUs and provide their services to them for free," he added.

Ang expressed hope this will help boost government efforts, adding vaccination was the best way the public could protect themselves and end the pandemic.

The company initially deployed two doctors and 17 nurses to vaccination sites in Mandaluyong City last week. It also said it is looking to send more to other LGUs soon.

Meanwhile, San Miguel said it is waiting to begin vaccinating some 70,000 of its employees, as well as employees of third-party providers nationwide, by June.

Ang previously announced the company is spending up to ₱1 billion to mount its vaccination program.