SM in Davao City is making strides to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating mall workers—economic frontliners who have been working tirelessly to deliver essential products and services during COVID-19.
SM Supermalls heeded the partnership of the City Government of Davao that aims to vaccinate the mall sector; in SM Lanang Premier and SM City Davao, this is thousands of workers and employees!
Last June 30, over 600 essential workers from both malls were vaccinated in SMX Davao. The inoculations continued for 1000 more workers at the beginning of July and will be sustained onwards to make the vaccine accessible to employees, security and maintenance personnel, cashiers, and sales associates.
“We fully commit to supporting the government’s call to achieve herd immunity. That’s why it is important to inoculate from our employees to service agency workers. No one should be left behind in this endeavor,” says Engr. Jonathan Nick Santos, Regional Operations Manager of SM Supermalls Mindanao.
The vaccination program is a culmination of the efforts of the city government through the City Health Office and the Department of Health. Volunteer medical teams from the AFP Health Service Command – Health Service Center Eastern Mindanao (Camp Panacan Station Hospital), Davao Medical Society, Jose Maria College, and Brokenshire College came together to mobilize the activity. SM mall employees also volunteered for the activity while brands and merchants pooled in resources to support the medical staff on duty.
At the core of SM’s operations during the pandemic are sustained contributions to the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19–to build business resilience, to deliver large-scale and coordinated health response, and to mount recovery processes that build the economy back and better.