MANILA – Over 2,000 employees of the Ayala Group of Companies who belong to the A4 (economic frontliners) category have begun receiving jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine on June 14 at the UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub in partnership with the Quezon City LGU. This is Ayala’s first vaccination site out of 24 sites around the country.
In the coming days, Ayala’s medical arm, AC Health, in partnership with various LGUs will continue to administer jabs to Ayala’s A4 employees in vaccination sites in Makati Stock Exchange in Makati City, BGC Parkade 3 in Taguig City, and Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Paranaque.
AC Health President and CEO Paolo Borromeo said, “As our public health experts have always advised, our goal as a country should be to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we can. We greatly encourage our employees to be vaccinated for their protection, as well as for the protection of their families, colleagues, and communities. In doing so, we will help drive our country’s economic recovery safely and responsibly. For our part, our goal at AC Health is to administer 1Mn doses in 2021 for the Ayala Group and our external partners.”
Earlier this year, Ayala launched the Ayala Vaccine and Immunization Program (AVIP), following its order of 1 million vaccine doses, expected to arrive in tranches beginning this month.
Ayala created the AVIP for thousands of its employees (direct and outsourced), retirees, registered employee dependents, household staff and partners to encourage and facilitate their vaccination. AVIP also allows registered participants to have one-year access to unlimited medical consultation as well as health monitoring in AC Health’s network of clinics and hospitals nationwide.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, Ayala has been committed to protecting its employees. Apart from ensuring financial security through wage continuance, we also provided COVID-19 testing for our customer-facing employees. We also expanded our capacity in our Qualimed COVIDreferral hospitals in Laguna and Bulacan to ensure that we could accommodate employees with severe symptoms. Through AVIP, we hope to give our employees and their loved ones additional protection from COVID-19 at the workplace and in their homes,” said Ayala Chief Human Resource Officer John Philip Orbeta.
More than a year into the pandemic, the Ayala group remains steadfast in bolstering the national and local governments’ efforts to defeat COVID-19. Ayala capitalizes on its diverse business units to address both health and economic challenges. From ensuring the financial security and safety of its employees at the onset of the pandemic to building and capacitating key healthcare infrastructure nationwide, Ayala continues to respond to the needs of its various stakeholders and the broader population. As of May 15, 2021, Ayala has allocated close to P16 billion in various pandemic-related initiatives.