LOCKHEED MARTIN DONATES 500 FLU VACCINE DOSES
MOORESTOWN, NJ, 04-NOV-04 -- Lockheed Martin donated 500 flu vaccine doses to the Burlington County Department of Health today to assist the county in providing vaccinations to high-risk residents.
“Lockheed Martin is committed to serving our employees and the communities in which we live and work,” said Carl Bannar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2) in Moorestown. “We were fortunate to have received our full order of vaccine before the shortage became apparent. We made a conscious decision to immunize only employees who are in the high risk categories defined by the Centers for Disease Control. Based on that decision, we have a surplus that can benefit those in most need of the vaccination in our community.”
Each year, Lockheed Martin donates more than $1 million to local charities and education programs in Burlington County. In addition to monetary donations, Lockheed Martin employees volunteer their time to speak at local schools for Arbor Day, Space Day and Career Day presentations. Employees also judge science fairs, donate food to needy families and participate in formal mentoring programs such as Junior Achievement and Venture Crew 90.
“Five hundred high-risk individuals who otherwise would not have been vaccinated will now be immunized,” said Freeholder Dawn Marie Addiego, liaison to Burlington County Health Department. “With this year’s vaccine shortage, many target groups may not receive immunizations, but Lockheed Martin’s donation will go a long way to reach those at risk.”