Generali inaugurated a new vaccination hub in the heart of Prague
13 December 2021
On December 13th, the fourth floor of the historical Kotva Department store, owned by Generali Real Estate, was made available to the Czech Ministry of Health to become a new vaccination centre. It is the latest Generali initiative in the fight against Covid-19 across the Czech Republic.
The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtech, was present at the inauguration and expressed his gratitude to Luciano Cirinà, Austria, CEE & Russia Regional Officer and CEO of Generali CEE Holding, Miroslav Singer, Generali CEE Holding Had of Institutional Affairs and Chief Economist and Ramon Spoladore, Head of CEE & Nordics Region at Generali Real Estate. “High vaccination coverage is the most important prerequisite both for addressing and preventing the challenging epidemic situation. It is therefore good news that a new vaccination centre has been opened right in the centre of Prague. So, I would like to express my great thanks to the Kotva department store, as well as to Generali, the owner of the premises” said Adam Vojtech, Czech Minister of Health.
Luciano Cirinà, Austria, CEE & Russia Regional Officer and CEO of Generali CEE Holding, who attended the grand opening of the center, stated: “This initiative is part of Generali’s commitment to mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic within the communities in which the Group operates. In the Czech Republic, through Generali Česká pojišt’ovna, part of Generali Group, we supported frontline health workers with free-of-charge benefits added to life insurance and provided material and moral support. We aim to create a long-term value for all stakeholders, and in these challenging times, we feel more than ever the moral responsibility to help our clients and communities.”
The General University Hospital will control the newly opened vaccination centre. The daily capacity of the place is up to 1500 people. The hub is accessible and free of charge for those with public health insurance prior registration and for those looking for a walk-in appointment. Foreigners are allowed but will need to pay for the vaccination. People will be vaccinated by Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer Company.
“We are proud to help in the fight against Covid-19 in the Czech Republic, making available to the Minister of Health the Kotva Department Store for a vaccination hub in the heart of Prague. As in the past months, hosting the successful “Helpful Art in Covid” exhibition, we will continue offering our spaces to promote activities aimed at protecting Czech citizens against the Covid-19 pandemic”, commented Ramon Spoladore, Head of CEE & Nordics Region at Generali Real Estate.
The complete press release can be downloaded here.
Generali is one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers. Established in 1831, it is present in 50 countries throughout the world, with a total premium income of € 70.7 billion in 2020. With more than 72,000 employees serving 65.9 million customers, the Group has a leading position in Europe and a growing presence in Asia and Latin America. Commitment to sustainability is one of the enablers of Generali’s strategy, inspired by the ambition to be the Lifetime Partner to its customers, offering innovative and personalized solutions thanks to an unmatched distribution network. In Austria, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia the Group operates through its Austria, CEE & Russia Regional Office (Prague) in 13 countries as one of the top three insurers in the Region.
The Kotva Department Store is a 28,000 sqm, 7 storey building ideally positioned in Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square) in Prague, Czech Republic. Designed in the ‘70s by the renowned Czech architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin, it is well recognizable for its still innovative architecture, characterized by a honeycomb design. The building has recently been listed among Czech cultural monuments for its architectural and historic value. Opened in 1975, Kotva was for a long time among the largest department stores in Europe, and one of the most popular buildings in the Czech capital. Today, the department store requires a complete renovation to restore its original splendor and architectural footprint, enriched with efficiency and top-quality modern functionalities, and to fully express its inherent value. In 2020, Generali Real Estate acquired the Kotva Department Store on behalf of the pan-European fund “Generali Real Estate Asset Repositioning S.A.” (GREAR) - a fund dedicated to value-add strategies in all the major European countries - from the real estate company PSN.