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Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Shoprite Group is committed and ideally positioned to assist the South African Government with the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to save lives and aid the country on its road to economic recovery.
It is eager to see a rapid vaccine roll-out programme and continues to actively engage the Government through structures set up by the Presidency and Business Unity South Africa.
As the country’s largest private employer, it wants to see its retail frontline workers being prioritised as they have been working tirelessly to ensure food supply to the over 20 million customers the Group serves every month.
The Group’s MediRite’s frontline health workers are already included in the first phase of the Government's roll-out programme and essential retail workers have been identified to receive COVID-19 vaccines during phase 2, once new vaccine roll-out timelines are set.
Following the World Health Organization's guidelines, the South Africa Government remains the sole central procurer of COVID-19 vaccines in the country and vaccine allocations will be according to its identified vaccine roll-out programme.
“We are truly grateful for the hard work, dedication and ongoing efforts that our great team has made as frontline workers in the pandemic and we look forward to them being prioritised as the COVID-19 vaccine programme rolls out.”
– Pieter Engelbrecht, CEO of the Shoprite Group
The Shoprite Group has an established, efficient and expanded logistical and pharmaceutical distribution network in place.
The 146 MediRite pharmacies are easily accessible to customers across all income levels and, already providing a service to communities, it is well placed to become COVID-19 vaccine sites in phase 2 and 3 of the roll-out across the country.
Transpharm, the world-class wholly owned pharmaceutical wholesaler, will tender to become a vaccine distributor to assist the Government in ensuring that vaccines reach the people of South Africa.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Group has done whatever is in its power to help combat the spread of the virus and assist those in need. Please see some of the activities highlighted below as we stand united in support of our employees, communities and business - all working together to end this pandemic.
Healthcare workers at the Klerksdorp-Tshepong Tertiary Hospital were honoured by the Shoprite Group this week for their selfless acts of service.
The Checkers Gauteng division surprised medical personnel and healthcare workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with a performance by members of the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir - observing all Covid-19 protocols.
The Shoprite Group recently showed their appreciation for the healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic at the National District Hospital in the Free State.
Healthcare workers and Covid-19 patients at the Rev. Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital and Uitenhage Provincial Hospital received a donation of more than 600 care packages and two microwaves from the Shoprite Group this week.
With funding for South Africa’s Covid-19 R350 grants running dry for many, and jobs under threat due to the economic fallout from the pandemic, the Shoprite Group is increasing its food security efforts, and working to ensure job security for its massive workforce.
Medical and support personnel as well as COVID-19 patients at the Oudtshoorn Hospital received a donation of care packages from the Shoprite Group last week.
Checkers Queenstown donated some much needed care packages containing essential toiletries, snacks and water to the Covid-19 patients at the Frontier Hospital last week.
MediRite now offers the cheapest Covid-19 rapid antibody tests in South Africa. The tests cost just R129.99 each, and are available from the MediRite pharmacies conveniently located in Shoprite and Checkers stores across the country.
Following a request by the community to assist healthcare workers who are working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19, Checkers Western Cape Division responded by donating some much needed refreshments.
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