The Supermarket Association is waiting for approval for vaccines – another worker tests positive


Rajeev Dipti, President of the Supermarket Association. – Photo by Roger Jacob

Another supermarket employee said the supermarket association (SADT) was still waiting to get permission from the health ministry for its members to get vaccinated as Govt 19 tested positive.

The association has made a case for prioritizing its employees as the country has been at the forefront since the epidemic was declared and the country was locked up in March 2020.

SATT said it was exploring ways to purchase vaccines individually.

After some controversy over the private sector’s access to vaccines for their workers, Health Minister Terence Dialsing announced an alliance with ANSA McCall and SATT to work together to purchase safer WHO – approved vaccines.

Although the government has approached the vaccines and started the vaccination process on April 6, these vaccines are mainly for lead workers and those over the age of 60 who may have health problems.

SATT chairman Rajiv Dipti told the newspaper on Sunday that the private sector was more interested in buying vaccines as his members lacked immunity.

He cited a social media post from True Valu supermarket on Saturday that one of its workers at the Trinity branch had tested positive for Govt19.

True Wall said it was not related to a previous incident at the same location in March.

Upon learning of the case, the company said the infection protocol was immediately implemented and health officials were contacted.

Communication tracking of those identified as having contact with staff was also done, and those individuals were asked to self-isolate in their respective homes.

Dipty said he was satisfied with the actions taken by True Wall.

Since last year, the association has met with the chief medical officer and public health inspectors, who have laid down the guidelines to be observed if anyone is tested positive.

“We understand what needs to be done. When a case goes unavoidable, we will follow the protocol and notify the authorities.”

He said it has become a way of life to constantly clean and fog the premises as supermarkets are not left out.

Many of their workers said they had tested positive.

“It didn’t make the news,” he said.

Based on the application for vaccines, Dipty said, “Our case is before the Ministry of Health and it is pending for consideration.

“We have been informed that the Attorney General is in office because there are some legal issues surrounding it.”

He added that the association had not asked for anything new from Ansa McCall, “so now we are a little relaxed and waiting at the Ministry of Health.”

Sophia Harrison

Part time worker

I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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