1.7K Davao City BPO workers get coronavirus shots

Philippine News Agency

July 5, 2021

DAVAO CITY – A total of 1,711 employees of business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in this city have received their first dose of Sinovac vaccine.

The city government, in a statement Monday, said the three-day, industry-based vaccination was conducted at Felcris Centrale from June 30 to July 2.

Eric Manalastas, BPO Association of Davao, Inc. president, said the event was a volunteer-based vaccination.

“We have participating companies who send volunteers. There's a company that sent nurses as vaccinators from their third-party health care group. We also have another company overseeing the post-vaccination monitoring," he said.

Manalastas also suggested an industry-based vaccination to help the city government to fast track the rollout targeting an estimated 50,000 BPO employees of 30 to 35 companies.

“The participating BPO companies met regularly before the activity and since they all shared the same goal of protecting their employees through the vaccination, they gladly supported it,” Manalastas said.

He added that they plan to hold a similar activity two weeks from now depending on the availability of the vaccines.

"We target to inoculate at least 25,000 in a similar vaccination rollout activity. We'll ask other BPO companies to also volunteer. We will train their volunteers as well," Manalastas assured.

BPO workers are one of those vulnerable to coronavirus disease due to their workplace arrangement.

To recall, a certain BPO company recorded more than 400 employees positive for Covid-19.

The city government here recently lifted the lockdown of the city's three big BPO companies, which were severely hit by Covid-19.

The vaccination program was a collaboration of host VXI, Next BPO Solutions, Jobs eSolutions, Segworks Technologies Corporation, Hartman Business Solutions, Open Access BPO, Flatworld Solutions, Concentrix, and Awesome OS with venue sponsor Felcris Central in coordination with the City Health Office and Davao Central 911.

In a previous radio interview, City Health Office acting head Dr. Ashley Lopez said that offices like BPO companies and banks recorded high cases of Covid-19 transmission due to poor ventilation. (PNA)

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