SINGAPORE: Grab on Thursday (Feb 4) introduced the launch of a COVID-19 vaccination programme, and an intention of having all staff, drivers and delivery partners inoculated against the illness by the end of next year.
Grab’s objective of reaching “fully-vaccinated status” for people who work for its platform excludes those that are medically unfit or unsuitable to obtain a vaccine. The programme can be rolled out in all markets that Grab operates in, the corporate instructed CNA.
Under the vaccine programme, Grab will subsidise the associated fee of COVID-19 vaccinations for driver and delivery partners not lined by their nationwide vaccination programmes.
It may also cowl the associated fee of vaccinations for all Grab staff and their fast relations not lined by nationwide vaccination schemes.
Grab’s group extended medical depart insurance coverage coverage may also be prolonged, free of cost, to cowl potential loss of earnings by driver partners consequently of negative effects from the vaccine.
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Grab operates in eight international locations in Southeast Asia, together with Singapore.
In response to queries from CNA, Grab stated it was unable to present figures for the quantity of staff, drivers and delivery partners throughout its markets, in addition to the associated fee breakdown of the deliberate subsidies and vaccination programme.
While COVID-19 vaccinations are largely voluntary, together with in Singapore, Grab famous that governments throughout the area are encouraging their residents to get vaccinated.
“We will help address vaccine hesitation through public education and the removal of barriers like cost concerns,” the corporate instructed CNA.
On the schooling entrance, Grab stated it’ll work intently with governments to present “important and timely vaccination information in order to combat misinformation and boost public confidence” within the vaccines.
The agency will publish vaccine and different public well being information in “dedicated high-visibility spaces” throughout the Grab app, it stated.
It may also launch a “COVID-19 snap survey” platform to assist governments higher perceive public sentiment across the vaccines with real-time knowledge.
“We expect that this will enable public health authorities to better tailor their vaccine strategy and messaging for the public,” stated Grab.
The firm may also run workshops and city halls to educate its driver, delivery, service provider and agent partners on the advantages of getting vaccinated.
Grab can also be in talks with numerous governments to facilitate mobility to and from vaccination centres, in addition to last-mile vaccine distribution, it stated.
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The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines is shifting Southeast Asia into restoration mode, stated Mr Russell Cohen, Grab’s group managing director of operations.
“But there are many challenges to vaccine delivery, particularly in a region as widespread and diverse as ours,” he stated.
“We’ve worked closely with governments across Southeast Asia throughout the past year to address pandemic challenges on multiple fronts, and now hope to play our part in making sure every Southeast Asian has access to the right information and resources to get vaccinated.”
He added: “The quicker we can achieve herd immunity, the sooner our communities and economies can start to rebuild. Public-private partnership has been critical in taking on some of the pandemic’s biggest battles, and this collaboration should continue.”