Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi Group, is supporting a free influenza vaccination event in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government for about a month, from October 14. About 3,800 people, including the homeless and other vulnerable groups, are expected to be vaccinated.
Seven organizations will participate in the event, including Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Medical Center, Dasarang Foundation Corporation, Seoul Homeless Welfare Facilities Association, Big Issue Korea, and Seoul Medical Treatment Sharing Volunteers Association, in addition to Sanofi Pasteur. Furthermore, executives and staff of the Sanofi Group Korea will volunteer their time to participate in the event, providing support by recording the medical examinations and helping to manage the event.
Sanofi Pasteur and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have been carrying out vaccination programs against pneumococcal infections and influenza, targeting the homeless and vulnerable residents during the flu season since 2011. In this ongoing effort, Sanofi Pasteur Koreahas supported 26,300 total doses of vaccines against pneumococcal infections and influenza over the past five years, including 3,800 doses of flu vaccine for this year’s program.
Regis Launay, GM of Sanofi Pasteur Korea, said, “I am so proud that we have been able to offer continuous and systematic vaccination support to the vulnerable through partnership with specialized organizations. Also, we will continue efforts to contribute to the improvement of quality of life and the prevention of disease for the vulnerable as a vaccine company.”
Lee JaeSung, an executive director of Sanofi Pasteur Korea, has been participating in this vaccination event for the vulnerable as a volunteer for five years. He said, “I’m glad once again to be able to participate in this meaningful event, which provides influenza vaccines at the proper time to people in need. I look forward to providing momentum for the homeless to become more independent through this event, because it offers a healthier winter through the contributions of several organizations and citizens.”