A message from the Chairman of the Management Board
Since the last year, our country, along with the rest of the world, has been in a state of unprecedented struggle against the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 and quarantine measures have shocked the global economy. All of this has become a kind of endurance test for all countries without exception. And I must say that Kazakhstan has met these challenges with dignity. The country's government is taking decisive and prompt measures to protect the health of citizens and support the national economy.
However, for now it is still too early to relax. The disease has not retreated yet. Today, we are making every effort possible and spending significant resources to protect employees from this infection since our employees were, are and will always be the greatest treasure of the national company. This is where the issue of vaccination comes to the forefront. As of now, vaccination is the only way that will enable us to defeat the pandemic. As the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has repeatedly noted, vaccination has no alternatives.
The world already has some positive examples: the countries with more than half of the population vaccinated, for example, Israel and the UK, have seen a sharp decline in the incidence and mortality from coronavirus. On the other hand, in the countries where such vaccination coverage is not available yet, the new, more deadly strains and mutations of the virus are spreading. The only way to avoid this in our country is to achieve the collective immunity as soon as possible.
At this pivotal moment for the country, I would like to call on each of you to show your commitment and actively get vaccinated. For this, all the necessary conditions have been created by the state. Everyone can choose between Kazakhstani QazVac, Russian Sputnik-V or Chinese Hayat-Vax. You can be vaccinated directly in outpatient clinics at the place of residence, or at the production and administrative facilities of KazMunayGas.
To date, almost 8,000 of our colleagues have already been vaccinated. I myself and the rest of the national company management have also received the vaccine. I want to emphasize here that vaccinated employees have unrestricted access to the fields and offices without having to undergo PCR tests.
Once again, I ask all of you to demonstrate a civic stance and take care of your own safety, safety of your family, your colleagues and fellow citizens. The sooner we defeat the pandemic, the sooner we will return to normal life.
Together we will overcome any difficulties and will become even stronger!