12.05.2021 | Hamburg
A few weeks ago, the Otto Group announced that it would offer all colleagues in Germany voluntary and free Corona vaccination. The planning and set-up work for putting nearly twenty plant vaccination centres nationwide into operation, including one at the Group Campus in Hamburg, has now been completed.
Following the latest statements by the German Federal Ministry of Health, the Otto Group expects vaccination to start on 07 June, subject to governmental approvals and the sufficient availability of vaccines.
Over recent months, an Otto Group interdisciplinary project group has developed a concept that envisages offering all Group employees in Germany their first vaccination, as well as a follow-up date for the second vaccination, within one month. This will always be on a voluntary basis, of course, and under the condition that employees have not yet taken advantage of other privately available vaccination options, for example at nationwide vaccination centres or at GPs‘ surgeries. The aim is to immunize the Otto Group workforce as quickly and broadly as possible. A test run at the company vaccination centre at the Group Campus in Hamburg has already been successfully completed.
Petra Scharner-Wolff, Member of the Executive Board Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Controlling, Human Resources Otto Group, and Chairwoman of the Group Crisis Crisis Committee: "I would like to begin by thanking all colleagues involved in the planning of the company vaccination centres. We see ourselves as excellently prepared to take another, very decisive step in protecting our colleagues’ health and fulfilling our social responsibility as a company in combatting the pandemic. It is now crucial that the authorities give us the green light to launch our vaccination programme as quickly as possible, and that we receive enough vaccines to meet our ambitious schedule. In any case, we are ready to go."
In order to be able to carry out the planned vaccinations as rapidly as possible, the Otto Group Company Doctors are collaborating with an external service provider who is placing a large part of the required medical personnel at the Group’s disposal.
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Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally active retail and services group with around 52,000 employees in 30 major company groups and does business in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services, and Service. In the 2019/20 financial year (to 29 February), the Otto Group generated revenues of 14.3 billion euros. With online revenues of approximately 8.1 billion euros, the Otto Group is one of the world’s largest online retailers. The Group’s particular strength is its broad market presence and differentiated product and service offers to diverse customer target groups in almost all of the world’s relevant economic regions. Numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies demonstrate a high degree of corporate responsibility and willingness to collaborate with one another; at the same time this guarantees flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets.
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