Recently I came across this twitter post where startups are able to get their employees vaccinated by paying a premium amount and to whitewash this by donating a part of what is being paid for to buy vaccines for underprivileged.
This post has more details on this initiative by United Way Bengaluru (claims to be into social causes).
What I am not convinced is that this is credible initiative and not really buying your way to skip the queue. Some questions I have:
- How do they get access to vaccines in first place?
- Given a limited demand how is their distribution equitable (as claimed in their post)? Shouldn’t you support vaccination of vulnerable first before potentially not very vulnerable population?
- If companies that are so called startups doing such things, what does it say about the morality of these companies?
I am open to changing my opinion if someone can answer the above questions and convince me otherwise.
Also if there is anyone from startup community supporting this initiative can you please reason on how you are not gaming the system and using your get out of jail free card here.