Recently, TCS announced that the company is planning to provide Covid-19 vaccines to employees as well as their family members. Following the government guidelines for vaccinating everyone above the age of 18 years from May 1st, the initiative has been made through direct partnership with suppliers.
According to sources, a TCS spokesperson said, “We have already been undertaking the vaccination drive for our eligible associates and their dependents, through our hospital tie-ups across locations. Taking into cognizance the recent directives of government, we are working out modalities of vaccination drive in direct partnership with suppliers.”
Tata Consultancy Services is the largest employer in India and has employers of around 446,000 associates in the 46 countries. The tech firm is aiming to vaccinate everyone from May 1st.
In an official blog post, the company stated, “At a group level, Tata Sons and Tata Trusts have pledged INR 1500 crores ( equivalent to US$ 200 million ) to protect and empower all affected communities. These will include efforts to provide personal protective equipment for medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients and training of health workers as well as the general public.”
In March, the tech giant announced the launch of the TCS Covid-19 testing and Vaccine Management suite. TCS said in a statement that the suite will enable more individuals to get tested and vaccinated faster and return to normal life.
The suite is said to be working in these five areas which include, TCS’ cognitive AI engine, data-driven smart analytics and IoT to make clinical trials more agile and safe; it ensures secure transfer of controlled pharmaceuticals and also monitors and optimize vaccine shipments; it will address challenges with vaccine supply chain, including demand planning, supply visibility, and cold storage handling.
According to reports, the statement said, “There is an opportunity to provide a seamless process across the entire value chain to prevent issues that could slow down testing and vaccination. The suite leverages AI, robotics, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as TCS’ extensive network of technology partners.”