(Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Galaxy to set up vaccination center in June for staff and respective family members

Gaming operator Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has announced that it will 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 over the three-day period.

GEG team members who get their first and second shot of COVID-19 vaccination between June 1 and July 31 will also be able to enjoy up to 2 days of ‘special vaccine leave’ on the day or the day following their vaccination in order to allow them to have sufficient rest.

The initiative is part of recent cooperation efforts by gaming operator and the Health Bureau to increase the local vaccination rate.

Two COVID-19 vaccine information seminars with Health Bureau vaccination plan coordinator, Dr. Tai Wa Hou, and related staff will also be held at the Ballroom of Banyan Tree Macau in Galaxy Macau on June 1 and 2.

All six gaming concessionaires are expected to hold similar vaccination initiatives, with MGM China having already held a two-day event between May 24 and 25 that saw some 1,200 staff members vaccinated and with Sands China to hold one between May 31 and June 3.

Gaming operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited also announced last week that it will advance with a MOP16 million (US$2 million) ‘vaccination encouragement programme’ aimed at incentivising employees to be inoculated against Covid-19, with each staff that gets fully vaccinated to receive MOP1,000.

According to the most recent update, a total of 100,194 people in Macau have been vaccinated with at least a dose of either Sinopharm or BioNTech vaccines, about 13 per cent of the local population, of which only 59,823 received the required two doses.