SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) said on Friday that its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program has covered 94% of its employees so far.
The program is a joint effort of SMIC, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., SM Retail, Inc., BDO Unibank, Inc., and China Banking Corp. as well as 2GO Group, Inc., Atlas Mining & Development Corp., and Goldilocks Bakeshop.
“Our goal is to support broad vaccination efforts and not just to focus on our own people or those connected with our business,” SMIC President and Chief Executive Officer Frederic C. DyBuncio said in a statement.
“We made our assets accessible to all, both to the public and private sectors, and enabled our partners to secure much-needed vaccination,” he added.
The company said over 3.3 million COVID-19 jabs have been administered in its malls, which were used as make-shift vaccination sites by local government units. SM Development Corp. also conducted vaccination drives in 12 locations across properties in Mandaluyong, Parañaque, Pasig, and Quezon City.
Meanwhile, its 2GO vessels on dock also served as vaccination venues for ship crew members.
SM also worked with Go Negosyo’s “A Dose of Hope” program as it launched shared vaccination sites via its malls for nearly 300 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) to inoculate over 170,000 of their employees.
SM also offered its other work sites, such as in Toledo City of Cebu, to vaccinate other employees of MSME partners and government stakeholders. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte