Gulf Oil India is to vaccinate more than 10,000 truckers against Covid-19 across the country as part of the third ‘Gulf Superfleet Suraksha Bandhan’ campaign.
The vaccination camps are arranged in and around 11 major transport hubs in cities like New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Jalandar, Indore, Karnal and Baddi. The inoculation process is being conducted from August 6 to 22, with on-the-spot registration available.
Gulf Oil India initiated the Suraksha Bandhan campaign two years ago with a promise of protection to the truck driving community. The unsung heroes behind the wheels ensured have ensured delivery of essentials as well as medical supplies including oxygen tanks, cylinders, and medical aid even during the most challenging times of the pandemic.
The company says while the truckers are providing their services as diligently as frontline workers, their own safety has taken a backseat.
As per a recent study conducted by Gulf Oil in association with HANSA Research, out of 406 truck driver respondents, 65% needed technical assistance to book their slots while 54% faced challenges to find vaccine slots because of the constant commute that their profession dictates. Furthermore, close to 40% showed lack of awareness and knowledge about how and where to get the vaccine.
Ravi Chawla, MD and CEO, Gulf Oil Lubricants India said, “Since the pandemic, our trucking community has been on the roads, risking their lives, to address the demand and supply of the nation. As a brand, we have always recognised their role in supporting our economy and country. We initiated the Suraksha Bandhan campaign to express our gratitude for their selflessness and sheer courage in times of need. Through this vaccination drive, our aim is to provide easy access to vaccines, contribute to their safety for their and our country’s wellbeing.”