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McDonald's Philippines buys nearly 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The chain says it will vaccinate employees in company-owned restaurants for free.

Golden Arches Development Corporation, the operator of McDonald’s in the Philippines, said it purchased close to 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines, promising to vaccinate employees in company-owned restaurants for free.

“With the health and safety of people being our top priority, we will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine for free for our frontliners--crew and managers, in all company-owned restaurants nationwide. It is our responsibility to keep our people safe so that our customers will be too,” McDonald’s Philippines president and CEO Kenneth S. Yang said in a press release sent to local media.

Half of the total AstraZeneca doses will be donated to the government and administered by the country’s health department.

The company’s vaccination program for its employees will be in compliance with all government protocols, it said.

Under its M Safe program, the QSR chain said it complied with safety protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields, more frequent handwashing, practicing social distancing, and introduced new protocols like dedicating a Safety Manager and implementing a no-touch policy for Drive-Thru and McDelivery services including cashless payments.

It also initiated mass testing to “ensure a safe workplace for its employees and a safe dining experience for all customers.”

Photo credit: McDonald’s Philippines 

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