Coal India has asked the Centre to provide it 10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses for its employees and their family members, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. As many as 400 employees of the coal mining firm have died due to the infection.
The company has so far vaccinated 64,000 of its 2,59,000 employees and workers unions have been demanding that it speed up the inoculation. As many 6,000 workers have been infected with Covid-19. Over 1,000 are still under treatment, according to Bloomberg.
Coal India said that most of its employees were infected in the second wave of the pandemic, as they continued to work amid the escalating health crisis. Unions have been demanding frontline status for the workers, Business Standard reported.
The company told Bloomberg that the situation has begun to improve but it was investing more in medical facilities in case there was a resurgence of the infection among its employees.
Coal India added that it strictly followed Covid-19 protocol, sanitising equipment regularly and ensuring that its workers wear protective masks.
Workers’ unions said the company needed to do more to protect its staff members.