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SJM to set vaccination center for employees

SJM has become the latest gaming operator to announce a vaccination initiative, with a vaccination centre to be set up at Grand Lisboa’s Grand Ballroom on June 21 and 22 for SJM’s team members and their families and friends.

Each team member who gets vaccinated can enjoy up to three days’ special paid leaves and the chance to win lucky draw prizes.

Employees who receive their first vaccinations on June 21 and 22 will be offered one-day paid leave on the day of vaccination, and an extra day of paid leave if they bring along their family members and friends to receive vaccinations. 

If employees complete their second vaccinations by August 31, they will be offered another day of paid leave.

‘This programme is rolled out as an incentive to encourage our team members to get vaccinated, not only for personal protection but also for building an immune barrier in Macau as soon as possible,’ SJM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Daisy Ho, said in the announcement.

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, Sands China set up an outreach vaccination station at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo, to administer vaccines to team members and their families between May 31 and June 3.

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.