The first delivery of 1,100 vaccine doses arrive at Olimpiada (above) and Blagodatnoye mines on February 5. (Photo: PJSC Polyus)

Russian gold mining company PJSC Polyus has launched a COVID-19 vaccination program for its production assets. The company aims to make the vaccine available to all employees as well as contractors. Vaccinations will take place at first-aid posts at the Olimpiada, Blagodatnoye and Verninskoye mines. Miners working at the Kuranakh, Alluvial and Natalka mines will be vaccinated at local medical centers.

The first delivery of 1,100 vaccine doses arrived at Olimpiada and Blagodatnoye on February 5. More batches will be delivered as required.

Polyus is the world’s fourth-largest gold mining company by production volume. Its principal operations are located in Siberia and the Russian Far East: Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Magadan regions and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).