On Tuesday 20 July 2021, hundreds of employees of Flow Trinidad showed up to receive the first dose of the WHO-approved Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at the NCIC Divali Nagar Mass Vaccination site in Chaguanas.
On hand, in support of the staff, was Flow’s Vice President Simone Martin-Sulgan.
“As an essential service, taking care of our people continues to be a priority for us during this pandemic; our collaboration with industry stakeholders for priority access to COVID-19 vaccines for our staff is our commitment to continue to operate during this pandemic while keeping our people and our customers safe,” said Martin-Sulgan.
“The mental load our team members have carried over this period has been a huge one. Getting vaccinated offers the security of an extra layer of protection for them and their families while maintaining our customers as one of our biggest WHYs. We are doing this in support of Government’s Vaccinate to Operate programme so that we can get our country back to full productivity”.
When asked why she chose to get vaccinated, Flow’s Retail Sales Coordinator, Stacey Telesford revealed: “It’s the practical thing to do. Covid isn’t going away any time soon and now that the vaccine is in play, the “new norm” will include specific requirements for what was once considered simple. Taking the vaccine allows for an easier process.”
Jacqueline Thompson, Manager, Customer Care Operations said: “It’s my PSR [Personal Social Responsibility] – Being vaccinated, I protect myself, and in doing so I protect my kids and others”.
Andre Lee Ha, Senior Manager, Global HSE shared: “While I know vaccination will not prevent me from contracting the C-19, it will however, increase the possibility of me surviving this deadly virus. And it is for this reason I took the jabs, so that I may continue to support my loved ones.”
The day saw thousands of stakeholders in the local telecommunications industry accessing the vaccines provided and facilitated by the Ministry of Health.