Steel producer Jindal Steel and Power Ltd mentioned on Monday it was reaching out to COVID-19 vaccine producers for a bulk provide of doses for its staff after the Indian authorities kicked off one of many world’s largest vaccination campaigns over the weekend.
“Will try to get these doses after completion of all frontline COVID warriors’ vaccination,” Pankaj Lochan, chief human useful resource officer, JSPL, mentioned in a press release, making it among the many first large corporations to make a public assertion on vaccination plans.
Another metal producer, Tata Steel Ltd mentioned the corporate would vaccinate its staff as per the federal government pointers when vaccines had been made out there.
India started vaccinating well being staff and different frontline staff, corresponding to these in sanitation and safety, adopted by about 270 million folks older than 50 or deemed high-risk due to pre-existing medical situations.
India is at the moment utilizing Britain’s Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, which can be being produced in India, and a government-backed vaccine developed by India’s Bharat Biotech.
“We have also categorised employees in order of vulnerability, so the ones above the age of 50 years and those who were infected from COVID-19 can be vaccinated first,” Mr Lochan mentioned.
JSPL, nonetheless, didn’t present particulars on vaccine producers that the corporate was getting in contact with or the variety of doses it was in search of.