By Srinivas Bhanu MehtaThe Kroger franchisees in Mumbai have come up with an unusual way to prevent their employees from getting their vaccination at their stores, and it may have saved the lives of many people in the process.
The franchisees, which have been providing vaccines in the city for a number of years, now have a “health insurance” that covers vaccines at the premises of the stores.
However, the franchisees have not yet decided whether to make the coverage compulsory.
The franchisees at the main shopping malls in Mumbai say the coverage is already in place and it is expected to be rolled out to other areas in the coming days.
A spokesperson for the franchisee group said that the franchise owners have been discussing the issue with the local government about mandatory vaccination.
“We will follow the guidelines of the government.
The Kroger Corporation is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its employees.
This is a matter that we have been talking about,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this week, a Krogers in-store vaccination drive was launched at Mumbai’s main shopping mall, Bandra.
The vaccination drive started on Monday.
The company has already given a total of 3,000 vaccines to the franchise’s employees.
“There will be an additional 1,000 to the first group of employees who receive the vaccination.
The remaining 1,500 to the remaining groups will be given to the employees on a voluntary basis,” said a spokesperson for Kroger.
The company is yet to confirm whether the franchise has already vaccinated the first 1,100 employees.
The spokesperson also said that vaccination would be provided free to the company’s customers, who are allowed to take part in the drive.
“The health insurance cover is mandatory for all Kroger employees.
The insurance covers vaccination and vaccines, including any vaccine that is given for free,” the Kroger spokesperson said, adding that it would cover all vaccines given free of cost.
In response to the incident, the Mumbai City Corporation and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation are investigating the incident.
“Our first priority is to ensure the safety of the employees.
We are looking into all aspects of the incident,” the Mumbai municipal corporation spokesperson said in a statement.