Realtors in talks with hospitals, Serum Institute to get Covid-19 jabs for workers

Realty developers have initiated talks through industry associations with state governments, hospitals and Serum Institute of India to arrange Covid-19 vaccinations for construction workers and their office staff.

The associations, which represent over 20,000 developers across India, are also in talks with hospitals run by their members including Hiranandani and K Raheja Corp to facilitate jabs for construction workers.

“We are working on the mission to arrange vaccination as early as possible. Every state chapter has been assigned the responsibility to connect with their state health ministry as well as hospitals,” said Harsh Vardhan Patodia, president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India.

The industry body has said it plans to provide free Covid-19 vaccinations to more than 25 million construction workers at the sites of its over 13,000 developer-members in 217 cities and towns. The associations have also written to the Central and state governments to vaccinate labourers on a priority basis as frontline workers.

India had vaccinated about 165 million people as of Thursday in a drive that started on January 16. About 2.4 million doses were administered on Thursday.

The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), a self-regulatory body under the ministry of housing and urban affairs, has signed an MoU with the ministry committing jabs for all its construction migrant labourers, staff and stakeholders.

“The ramping-up of the much-needed vaccination drive is a step in the right direction towards conscious consumerism and a strong commitment to protect the lives and livelihoods,” said Niranjan Hiranandani, president of NAREDCO.

He said the council is simultaneously tying up with hospitals and institutes to accelerate the vaccination drive, enhancing bed capacity, installing oxygen generator machines to mitigate the risk and handle the crisis.

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Earlier this week, Maharashtra housing minister Jitendra Awhad tweeted to developers to get vaccinations done for all workers, residents and slum dwellers as a social duty. Many developers have agreed to share the responsibility.

“We are in the process of discussions with the respective authorities along with 15-20 leading hospitals across Mumbai Metropolitan Region to begin the drive and seeking permission to take this activity forward at the sites itself. We are proposing signing pacts with these hospitals to enable developers to approach them directly and conduct the vaccination drive for their workers more seamlessly at sites itself,” said Deepak Goradia, president of CREDAI- Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry.

Realty associations in the National Capital Region and the Mumbai region are setting up banks of oxygen concentrators and cylinders to help Covid-19 patients.

Real estate developers have already started supporting local authorities with measures to provide medical and infrastructural aid to combat the severe second wave of Covid-19.

In addition to initiatives including vaccination drives for construction workers and mandating strict safety measures at construction sites, members of CREDAI-MCHI have converted select commercial property into Covid centres in cooperation with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.



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