Friday March 26th 2021
Around the clock, seven days a week
VW would vaccinate its own employees
After the slow start of the vaccination campaign in Germany, the Volkswagen Group offers to vaccinate its own employees. “We can help Germany to vaccinate faster in the next few weeks,” said CEO Herbert Diess of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. “We are prepared to be able to carry out vaccinations in consultation with the authorities, just as we are already carrying out our own corona tests today. In theory, around the clock, seven days a week,” the VW boss continued.
As soon as the company received the necessary vaccine, it could directly reach around 140,000 people just by vaccinating its own employees, explained Diess. “In Zwickau we will possibly start sooner because there is vaccine because of the particularly critical situation near the Czech border.” Other countries are also making progress. “We are already vaccinating in Spain and Russia,” the VW boss told the newspaper.
Dax companies are preparing
In some locations abroad, however, the situation is worsening in the wake of the pandemic. “The situation in Brazil is alarming,” said Diess. “We have now closed our plant there for 12 days as part of the support measures against the pandemic.” In the Czech Republic, the three plants are still in operation, “but the situation is very critical because of the high number of infections in many parts of the Czech Republic.”
The carmaker only presented its test strategy on Thursday: After Easter, all German employees have a corona self-test twice a week. The company in Wolfsburg announced that this will add one component to the previous test strategy. The free quick tests are voluntary and can easily be done by yourself. VW had already set up its own PCR test capacities at its German locations together with the Wolfsburg Clinic in August 2020.
A survey by the online portal Business Insider at the beginning of March revealed a great willingness among Dax companies to help with vaccination. Many companies pointed out that they already offer their employees a flu vaccination and therefore already have the necessary infrastructure and expertise. Similar to VW, however, they attached great importance to wanting to adhere to the order of the risk groups.