Corporates Seek Government Approval to Procure Vaccines From Open Market

A bunch of industry associations, corporate houses based in Odisha have asked for help from the state government in vaccinating employees and their family members. The state has accepted to help them procure vaccines from the open market. The decision was taken at a meeting between the associations, PSUs, and corporate houses on Wednesday.

“The government has assured the industrial houses and industries associations of all possible help in facilitating the regulatory clearances through coordination with various agencies. We may also coordinate with the manufactures on their behalf. But they have to procure the vaccines on their own and bear their cost”, said a senior government official.

Earlier, out of the total vaccines sent to a state, 50% was allowed to be distributed to the corporate houses and the private sector. However, some industries have expressed an interest in getting the vaccines directly from the open market to expedite the vaccination process.

Appreciating the initiative, the senior official said vaccinating the employees of various industrial houses is crucial to continue commercial operations and to sustain the industrial economy of the state.

“The industrial houses, during the first wave of the pandemic, had contributed a lot and set up healthcare facilities for their employees. As the state is facing the second wave, we have again sought their help to tackle the situation”, the official said.

With the increasing Covid cases, the state government has converted all industrial oxygen cylinders available with various industrial houses for medical purpose.

Apart from this, the state industries department had also requested the industrial houses to arrange for equipment like oxygen concentrators and medical oxygen cylinders with regulators and valves as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the management of the pandemic in the state.

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