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Volvo Group launches ‘Vaccination on Wheels’ in partnership with Narayana Health

With the aim to complement the efforts of Karnataka Government, Volvo Group, in partnership with Narayana Health, and under the aegis of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), launched a free vaccination drive through a specially re-purposed Volvo Bus. This bus will operate as a Mobile Vaccination Clinic and provide enhanced and easy vaccine accessibility to people across several districts in rural and semi-urban Karnataka. The mobile clinic christened “Vaccination on Wheels” was today flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Basavaraj Bommai along with key state dignitaries in the presence of Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health, Mr. Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group in India, and Mr. Ramesh Ramadurai, Chairman, CII, Karnataka.
Vaccination on Wheels

The Volvo Vaccination Bus will operate for four to six months with a capacity to administer 700-800 doses per day. The bus is fully equipped for the purpose, including 4 vaccination stations, storage & refrigeration of the vaccines, emergency beds, pantry and a chemical toilet. The bus will be accompanied by experienced Doctors & Paramedics from Narayana Health who will administer and oversee the inoculation process, together with on-site registration and waiting areas for public. The bus will commence its mission starting with Bangalore Rural district of Karnataka.

This free vaccination campaign is an industry driven initiative, under the aegis of CII, led by Volvo Group and Narayana Health, and with the support from Karnataka government.  In the current phase, Volvo Group in partnership with Narayana Health will take care of all costs associated with running and operation of the vehicle, vaccines and in providing paramedics, doctors and registration staff who will in-turn coordinate with concerned NGOs and Government staff in the districts for planning and administering the free vaccination drive. Many other CII member companies are also expected to join this initiative as it progresses further. In the second stage, the project is partnering with the Govt of Karnataka to get free vaccines with an overall ambition of vaccinating more than one lakh people in the next 5-6 months.

"Care for people has been the No. 1 priority for Volvo Group in these challenging times – both for our employees & families as well as for communities. We have made an extensive outreach to support communities throughout this pandemic - from providing oxygen concentrators, ventilators, essential hygiene kits to frontline workers, to setting up ICU beds and running a Covid Care Centre.  With this important initiative of ‘Vaccination on Wheels’ on a Volvo Bus, I believe we would be a step closer to protecting our fellow citizens and communities who are less mobile, especially the elderly and the differently abled, from the further waves of Covid-19”, said Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group, India.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder and Chairman, Narayana Health, said, “Vaccination coupled with strict adherence of the preventive protocols is the most effective way to protect and control the spread of COVID-19. Though this initiative we want to ease the accessibility to the vaccine for all, including those who are unable to come forward to the vaccination centres owing to distance or physical constrains. In the initial phase we are looking at inoculating around 20,000 and then later expand to a wider population.”

For further information, please contact:

Paul Abraham, Head of Media Relations, Volvo Group
+91 97312 22700,
paul.abraham@volvo.com
 

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs 105,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets.