Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago President Rajiv Diptee

The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago said it is seeking to vaccinate all 30,000 of its members “as soon as possible.”

In a statement issued earlier today, SATT said supermarket workers are essential workers.

It explained that the majority of workers, since March 2020, were deemed essential staff and have been on the front lines serving customers.

SATT said when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared globally on March 11 2020, it led the way in implementing measures to protect employees and consumers against the virus, while satisfying the demand of customers for grocery items and operating regularly to prevent panic buying and market disruption.

President of the association Rajiv Diptee said: “Employees of SATT members have been on the front lines for the past year, therefore, SATT is currently exploring avenues to have them vaccinated against the virus, in the shortest possible timeframe and we will be working with the Ministry of Health to make this a reality.”

SATT is the second local business group to announce its intentions to vaccinate its employees.

ANSA McAL conglomerate offered to vaccinate all 6,000 of its employees and their immediate families, free of charge, once vaccines become available.