As India’s vaccination drive enters the third phase, large companies such as Accenture, Vedanta and NTPC have drawn up plans to bear the cost of Covid-19 vaccinations for thousands of employees and their dependents.

Accenture and Infosys have said they would cover the cost of vaccinating employees in India as well as their families. Accenture has over 200,000 workers in the country, while 75% of the total 249,000 employees at India’s second-largest software exporter are based here.

“For employees who are eligible and choose to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, Accenture will cover the cost for the employee and their dependents who are part of our medical benefits program,” said Rekha M Menon, chairperson and senior managing director, Accenture in India.

The company continues to consider the guidance of external experts and groups, including international health organisations and local health authorities, and based on this, strongly supports the scientific and public health advice that encourages vaccination, Menon added.

Pravin Rao, chief operating officer of Infosys, said the company was “looking at partnering with health care providers to vaccinate employees and their immediate families as eligible under the (government) guidelines…and as per approved procedures and timelines.” Infosys will cover the vaccination cost of the employee and immediate family “as part of our focus on health and wellness”, he added.