The utility company REGIONAL Electricity North West received praise from the government for giving all its employees a paid break to be vaccinated.
This is part of a series of measures taken by the company and similar measures to support the government’s coronavirus vaccination program, which business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng described as “inspiring”.
Electricity North West says that any employee who is invited to get the vaccine can leave work during business hours, with advance notice and full payment.
Chief Executive Peter Emery said: “I am proud of how all my colleagues have endeavored to keep the region connected and provide essential service during the pandemic. I can’t thank them enough for everything they do.
“As we hope to be entering a stage of recovery from this pandemic, it is vital to return their support, making it as easy as possible for them to receive the vaccine.
“We also hope that providing access to the tests will bring more peace of mind and security to our top coworkers on the front lines and further reassure all of our customers about the steps we are taking to ensure their safety.”
In the meantime, the company says it is also offering rapid side-flow testing to all employees who cannot work from home to support the testing and tracking program.
Workers can take the tests before they leave for work or after a shift and have the results within 30 minutes.
Classified as an essential service, Electricity North West continued to operate during the pandemic to ensure that homes, businesses and the NHS receive electricity and to ensure that the network continues to function.
Engineers also carried out important projects, including supporting the creation of the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Manchester and did vital work to increase the electricity supply to Oaklands Hospital in Salford.