As if taking advantage of technology to remain in business was not enough, KFC has joined the national vaccination effort following months of extensive preparation to ensure the inoculation of its staff, which began last July 23.
“Corporate citizenship in this time of pandemic is about being an active participant in the multi-stakeholder efforts to speed up herd immunity and economic recovery, knowing that we can only feel safe once everyone is protected via vaccination. This is why KFC did everything it could since last year – from the procurement of vaccines to the education of its employees – to ensure we are doing our share in providing convenient and free access to COVID-19 vaccines to our people, especially the economic frontliners,” KFC Philippines General Manager Jojo N. Marcelo shared.
The company, just a few months since the start of the pandemic, has digitalized some parts of its operations including food preparations and the use of online order delivery using e-bikes for health and safety and now, in line with the directives from the Inter-Agency Task Force, prioritized its elderly staff, those with comorbidities, and frontline personnel in the vaccination.
Marcelo said as early as November 2020, KFC Philippines has been coordinating the purchase of vaccines via Go Negosyo’s tripartite agreement with AstraZaneca and the government.
“We purchased additional vaccines during the first quarter of 2021. Nearing the vaccine administration, we started an info campaign to encourage employees and educate them on the importance of getting vaccinated via our internal Facebook community, where we featured testimonials of leaders who have already been vaccinated,” she added.
Vaccination sites were set up at KFC’s head office in Roces, Quezon City.
Employees of KFC Philippines also received flu shots two weeks before their COVID-19 vaccination schedule. The company provides free flu vaccines annually to also protect them from the disease, especially during the rainy season.
While waiting for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines, the company instituted numerous initiatives to safeguard the health and safety of its employees and customers as part of its “Safe with KFC” thrust.
KFC Philippines implemented stricter health and safety protocols in all its stores nationwide as prescribed by the government, including the wearing of face masks and face shields, physical distancing, and frequent washing of hands among its staff. KFC actually went further by mandating its employees to wash not just their hands but up to their elbows, similar to what surgeons are doing.
KFC chicken is prepared in-store and pressure fried at 185 degrees celsius to ensure food safety, freshness, and quality while locking in the flavors.
KFC is also strictly implementing its contactless delivery protocol wherein its riders are mandated to place the orders at specified spots and then step back to observe social distancing and keep the customers safe as they receive their KFC favorites. There are also cashless payment options for dine-in, takeout, drive-thru, and delivery channels.