The government of South Korea is gearing for the provision of Moderna vaccines to the workforce of the main domestic companies in a bid to bring its operations back to normal.
Several sources told The Korea Herald that a guidance has already been sent by the Ministry of Employment and Labor to SK and LG Group companies, as well as to Samsung Electronics and its affiliates.
The companies said that the ministry is identifying the amount of doses to cover its entire workforce. Companies that operate factories in the country are covered under the vaccination program for strategic industries.
Around 100, 000 vaccine shots will be needed for Samsung Electronic only. Its provincial offices have already been sent with the guidance and mull to establish their vaccination strategy.
The company’s main office, on the other hand, remained mum on their vaccination preparations.
Its electric component supplier, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, said it has 12, 000 employees stationed in Suwon in Gyeonggi Province, Sejong, and in Busan. It aims to kick off its vaccination next month.
“Employees who want to get the Moderna shots were told to submit applications,” The Korea Herald’s source said. “However, there is no confirmed administration schedule yet.”
SK and LG Group also said they have received the guidelines from the government.
“SK hynix is considering measures to follow the government guideline regarding the vaccination,” according to an official from SK hynix.
With around 28, 000 employees in the country, SK hynix has its chip plants in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province and Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province.
While LG Electronics already received a communication from the government, it said it is yet to come up with its vaccination plan.