Rose Sweaters Ltd (Unit-2) organized mass vaccination on July 18 at their premises. 1810 workers were immunized successfully with close cooperation of the Gazipur Civil Surgeon office
The readymade garment (RMG) sector plays a pivotal role in the economy of Bangladesh for ensuring employment, foreign reserve, and women empowerment. This sector is accounting for around 83% of the country’s exports and contributing approximately 16 percent to the GDP, with around 4,000 factories employing over four million workers. This sector also generates a huge cliental base for banking, insurance, shipping, transport and related other economic activities.
Unfortunately, like others, this industry is also on the edge of an unprecedented humanitarian and business catastrophe due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. To flatten the coronavirus spread curve, the Government declared nationwide holidays for months in 2020 and declared one after another lockdown in the year 2021.
For these closures and lockdowns, business and industrial activities have come to a grinding halt except emergency services. Many international buyers are canceling or postponing confirmed procurement orders as their retail outlets were closed in Europe, North America, Asia and other countries.
Due to the loss of orders, thousands of workers stare at joblessness as new orders dried up given the collapse in global demand for apparel. Many factories in our country, were unable to pay wages and thousands of workers felt uncertain about their current job status with their respective employers
To prevent more of these unfortunate incidents, to keep the production running and the operation continuing, we had to start immunizing the workforce of this industry.
Our Prime Minister and her government, understanding the importance already initiated a mass vaccination program with the support of organizations like Care Bangladesh, UK Aid, M&S and Motto MacDonald.
As a pilot program, Rose Swearer Ltd, Unit 2 was one of the four factories that organized this mass vaccination of the workers successfully on July 18th, 2021 at their premises.
When Care Bangladesh offered the program, factory management wholeheartedly accepted the opportunity and arranged the vaccination program on the 2nd last day before Eid – Ul -Azha holiday, within very short notice. Because they knew that to go back to normal business there’s no option but to vaccinate their full workforce.
So, with a lot of enthusiasm, by sacrificing production hours, with huge support from the owners, the factory management was able to immunize 1810 workers in a festive mood with close cooperation from the Gazipur Civil Surgeon office.
At the factory grounds, without any prior registration, workers got their vaccination with the vaccine Mordena, only showing their NID and factory ID cards. Workers expressed their acknowledgment and gratification after receiving this very important privilege.
However, some workers were concerned and hesitated continuous awareness from factory HR and the medical team made them understand that is it vital for their health, family and livelihood.
Rose Sweaters Management and Employees are very obliged to our Prime Minister, Madam Sheikh Hasina, the Government of Bangladesh, the donor agencies, BGMEA, the volunteers, and all others who supported making the mass vaccination program effective and memorable.