COVID-19 Vaccine

Two software giants in India, Accenture and Infosys said it will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccination for all its employees and their immediate family. In a statement on Wednesday, Accenture said that it will cover the vaccination cost for its staff as well as their dependents who are part of the company's medical benefits programme. The company also said that they strongly support the scientific and public health advice that encourages vaccination.

According to a report by Moneycontrol, Infosys is looking to partner with healthcare providers to carry out the vaccination drive for its employees and their families who are eligible to be vaccinated under the current guidelines of the Indian government, said Pravin Rao, the Chief Operating Officer of Infosys.

“Infosys is looking at partnering with health care providers to vaccinate employees and their immediate families as eligible under the guidelines given by the government of India and as per approved procedures and timelines. Infosys will cover the vaccination cost for the employee and immediate family as part of our focus on health and wellness," said Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys

“At Accenture in India, we have continued to monitor and consider the guidance of external experts and groups, including international health organisations and local health authorities. Based on this, we strongly support the scientific and public health advice that encourages vaccination,” the company said.

On March 1, the Indian government began the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out process, which includes citizens above 60 years of age and 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities.

Rekha Menon, Chairperson and Senior Managing Director at Accenture in India said, "As we continue to navigate the pandemic, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our people. At Accenture in India we have continued to monitor and consider the guidance of external experts and groups, including international health organizations and local health authorities. Based on this, we strongly support the scientific and public health advice that encourages vaccination. For our people who are eligible and choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, Accenture will cover the cost for the employee and their dependents who are part of our medical benefits program. We are grateful to our people for their patience and resilience as we work together to manage through these extraordinary times."

India is currently administering two types of vaccines - Serum Institute of India's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Incidentally, beneficiaries under the second phase cannot choose from the vaccine types prior to the vaccination or at the time of registration. They will be informed about the vaccine they will receive at the time of the vaccination.

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