Port operator vaccinates 90% of workforce

December 20, 2021, 4:49 pm

MANILA – International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) hit a milestone in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic after reaching a 90 percent vaccination rate for its employees. 
More than 9,700 employees of the ICTSI Group have either been partially or fully vaccinated as of Oct. 31, 2021, reflecting the company’s successful information campaign and the employees’ strong team spirit when fighting for a common cause and looking out for one another. 
“We are very grateful to and proud of the men and women of ICTSI who made the decision to protect themselves, their loved ones, officemates and communities. Getting vaccinated gives us the most effective protection against Covid-19 and the best chance to restore normalcy in our daily lives,” said ICTSI executive vice president Christian Gonzalez in a statement. 
With stringent health and safety protocols in all its terminals, ICTSI recorded less than 2,000 cases, equivalent to 18 percent of its workforce, from July 2020 to October 2021. Of these cases, 98 percent have fully recovered.  
With the 90 percent vaccination rate, the company only recorded 30 new cases and 25 active cases last October. 
Gonzalez reminded everyone to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to health protocols to prevent possible surges in infection.
“The health and safety of employees have always been our priority, but we cannot do this alone.  We must all continue to keep our guard up, to be disciplined and learn to carry on as we hopefully transition from pandemic to endemic,” he said. 
Since the start of the pandemic, ICTSI’s business units around the world have been supporting their host communities’ and partner governments’ pandemic efforts. 
In the Philippines, ICTSI led the private sector effort to support the national government’s vaccine procurement and built a PHP250-million mega vaccination facility capable of inoculating 15,000 individuals every day. 
To date, ICTSI and the Razon Group have spent a total of PHP1.5 billion in social investments to aid the Philippine government’s pandemic recovery efforts, including the administration of over 300,000 doses of vaccines at Philippine ICTSI-supported vaccination centers as of November 19. (PR)