2,300 Sands China employees and family relatives register for vaccination initiative

Some 2,300 Sands China employees and their families have so far registered for Covid-19 vaccinations in a vaccination initiative held by the gaming operator between May 31 and June 3.

The group vaccination sessions were held at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo, where an outreach vaccination station has been set up to administer vaccines to team members and their families

The Sinopharm vaccine is available during the first three days and the BioNTech vaccine is available on the fourth.

The company also held a seminar entitled COVID-19 Vaccine: Path to End the Pandemic on May 27 for 320 team members, conducted by Dr. Tai Wai Hou, clinical director of the Public Conde S. Januário Hospital Centre.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is the key to helping Macau achieve herd immunity as quickly as possible, and our thanks go to the Health Bureau for their collaboration on this seminar and vaccination drive,” Sands China President, Wilfred Wong, aid in the announcement.

“Sands China encourages team members to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families by helping Macau build an immune barrier together. We want people in Macao to be able to resume normal lives as soon as possible, and we hope this seminar and these onsite vaccination sessions help improve the vaccination rate”

All six gaming concessionaires have held vaccination outreach initiatives directed to their employees, as part of joint efforts with the Health Bureau to boost the local lagging vaccination rate.

MGM China held a two-day event between May 24 and 25 that saw some 1,200 staff members vaccinated, while Wynn Macau has announced that it will set up a vaccination centre at Wynn Palace on June 15 and 16 for team members and their families.

Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) will also set up a vaccination point at Galaxy Macau between June 10 and 12 able to serve 1,500 to 1,800 team members and their family members, while Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited will advance with a MOP16 million ‘vaccination encouragement programme’.

Meanwhile, SJM will set up a vaccination centre at Grand Lisboa’s Grand Ballroom on June 21 and 22 for the group’s team members and their families and friends.

According to the most recent update, a total of 112,559 people in Macau have been vaccinated with at least a dose of either Sinopharm or BioNTech vaccines, about 16 per cent of the local population, of which only 66,169 received the required two doses.

Since last week there has been an increase in the number of vaccination appointments made by residents, mainly due to a string of new cases being reported in the neighbouring Guangdong Province.