SM Prime Holdings Inc. reported that it has reached an important milestone—breaching six million COVID-19 jabs administered through its mall network nationwide as part of its strong support of the country’s recovery agenda and vaccination drive.

In a statement, SM Supermalls said it has supported the vaccination program of various local governments and recently reached over 6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in 71 malls around the country to date.

SM multi-mall vaccination drive

SM malls are also serving as pediatric vaccination sites in support of the national vaccination program for minors.

“We continue to show strong support to the national recovery agenda in boosting vaccination rates nationwide. Our malls are accessible and offer a safe venue to make these collective health goals a reality,” SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan said.

SM Supermalls President Steven Tan

SM Supermalls joined the private sector and the government for its 3-day massive Bayanihan, Bakunahan drive from November 29 to December 1 in 66 malls that aims to administer 9 million jabs to Filipinos nationwide.

Moreover, 78 mall branches across the country are certified with the government’s safety seal in recognition of the management’s safe malling efforts.

Across many of its portfolio companies, SM companies facilitated vaccination of its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) partners in coordination with their respective local government units.

About 130,000 employees of SM have been vaccinated to date, comprising 96 percent of those eligible, groupwide, as the company continues to push for enhanced health and protection among its people.

SM President Frederick Dybuncio

“Vaccination efforts overall help shield our people and support the revival of the economy. With the reopening of the economy, we strive to move forward, stronger and healthier together,” SM Investments President and Chief Executive Officer Frederic C. DyBuncio said.

At the forefront of broad vaccination and health efforts, SM ordered over 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for its employees and in support of national needs.

BDO Unibank, Inc. was the first in the private sector to source vaccines. BDO provided vaccines through a Tripartite Agreement between the National Government, vaccine manufacturers and the private sector led by Go Negosyo.

Prior to vaccination, the risk of getting infected by the virus was greater with closer interaction to various people in the line of work.

Source: Manila Bulletin (