As the fight against the coronavirus continues, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour is encouraging companies to buy vaccines for workers. Many businesses in turn, said they were willing to pay for vaccines to inoculate their workers.
Trade Union of Nidec Vietnam chairman Luu Kim Hong said that with the large number of employees working in industrial parks and export processing zones and living in close proximity in dormitories, the possibility of the coronavirus spreading is relatively high, and could affect the productivity of the company. As such, he said that the company is willing to put up with the cost of getting their employees vaccinated in order to ensure operations remain uninterrupted.
Similarly, a representative of the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), which employs more than 150,000 workers, said all companies in the country’s textile and garment industry – which has over 2.5 million staff – have agreed to pay for the vaccination of their employees.
In addition, food producer Saigon Food Joint Stock Company in Vinh Loc Industrial Park wants to vaccinate its workers and is ready to pay for the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health has, on its part, announced a list of 36 enterprises licensed to import, preserve and transport vaccines in the country, and said it will help business associations source vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation and streamline procuring procedures, according to Saigon Giai Phong.