• Ishaan kakkar

Swiggy to pay for COVID-19 vaccine of its over 2 lakh delivery staff

Swiggy, the on-demand delivery unicorn, has announced that it would bear the entire cost of the COVID-19 vaccination for its two-lakh plus delivery staff. The company has its presence across 500 cities. This development comes in the backdrop of the government announcing that COVID-19 vaccines would be available for all those who are 45 years and above from April 1, 2020.

In a statement, Swiggy said under its first tranche of the programme, 5,500 of its delivery executives who are aged 45 and above will be eligible to opt in for the vaccination. The unicorn is hoping that it would be able to encourage the two lakhs-plus delivery staff with the choice to get vaccinated as they continue to provide an essential service. Swiggy is also requesting authorities to prioritise delivery partners in the vaccination drive.

Swiggy COO Vivek Sunder said, “As we continue to make all efforts to fight the pandemic, we’re prioritising creating awareness across our fleet and extending our COVID-19 cover to include access to vaccination for all delivery partners. We will also cover for the loss of pay when they take the time off to get vaccinated."

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