‘Not going to wait for government’ Accor’s plan to vaccinate all employees

Accor is planning to fund a vaccination program for all of its employees as it looks for ways to secure a faster recovery from the effects of the ongoing pandemic with 400 of its hotels still currently closed.

Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin said the company would not make vaccination mandatory for its staff, but hoped to pay for vaccinations for all those who wanted one by the second half of the year.

“We are not going to wait for government,” he said. “We will be buying our own vaccines if we can get them but we don’t want to do it [taking] from existing government programmes. It should be not be taking away from fragile people.”

The hotel group has already vaccinated employees in Singapore and Dubai.

Accor is in negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to secure supplies including the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and the Sinovac vaccine from China.